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Freedom beckons for jailed US hikers in Iran

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Freedom beckons for jailed US hikers in Iran


Two Americans jailed in Iran for spying are to be released early from their sentence according to their lawyer.

He said the appeal court had agreed to free Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on 350,000 euros bail and they can leave Iran after their release in two days.

The 29-year-old pair were arrested in July 2009 along with a third US citizen Sarah Shourd in the mountainous region bordering Iraq.

They claimed they were hiking and had inadvertantly crossed the unmarked frontier.

Charged with illegal entry and espionage the men were jailed for eight years last month, though spying can carry the death penalty in Iran.

Sarah Shourd was released on bail last September and returned to America.

President Obama has denied they had any link with US intelligence.

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