Iran Balks at Release of American Woman

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -Saturday's statement by Tehran's chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, was a further blow to the trio's families.

It did not specify whether the decision means there will have to
be a trial - which could take weeks or months - or another form of
case review.

Sarah Shourd had been due to be released Saturday, but judicial
officials blocked the plan at the last minute.

The about-face is an embarrassment to President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who had reportedly personally intervened in Shourd's
case as an act of clemency at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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