American Hiker Freed

Iran to release female American after 13 months

The Associated Press
This combination of three photos released by shows, from left, Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd. The three Americans, who were detained on the border in Iraq earlier in July, were accused of espionage by Iranian prosecutors Nov. 9.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that a female American held for more than a year will be released.

Iran had earlier announced that one of the three Americans captured by Iran in July 2009 would be released to mark the holidays at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Bak Sahraei, second counselor of the UN mission confirmed Thursday in an e-mail that Sarah Shourd would be the one set free on Saturday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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