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US hikers freed after two years in an Iranian jail

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US hikers freed after two years in an Iranian jail

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Two US citizens had their first taste of freedom after nearly 26 months in a Tehran jail when they flew into Oman.

Accused of spying, the men were released on a million dollar bail paid by Oman officials.

The two, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border in 2009, were met by a third member of their party Sarah Shourd and other family members. Shourd had been set free a year ago on a similar bail.

“Two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and Iran,” said Bauer.

All three have denied being spies and no evidence against them was ever made public. Iran called the men’s release a humanitarian gesture before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s annual trip to the UN in New York.