American Hikers Released from Iran

Two American hikers jailed as spies in Iran for more than two years have been released.
A convoy of cars sped away from a prison in Tehran carrying freed American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

Their lawyer says an Iranian judge approved a 1-million dollar bail deal , securing their freedom.

Swiss officials helped in the release since the U-S has no diplomatic relations with Iran.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said, “We view this as really about two human beings who have been held too long in very difficult circumstances - and we want to see them back, reunited with their families.”

Bauer and Fattal have spent more than two years behind bars.

Iranian authorities arrested them in July of 2009 while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border - and accused them of spying.

Just last month, a judge sentenced the men to eight years in prison.

Their release comes just a day before President Mahmoud Ahmedenijad address the United Nations General Assembly.

Bauer and Fattal are expected to be flown on a private jet to Oman.

That's what happened when a third American hiker - Sarah Shourd - was set free last year. The three friends met at the University of California at Berkeley.

The men's families say they are super excited for the release - but won't rest easily until the two are back on American soil.

Shane Bauer , who is engaged to Sarah Shourd, is a freelance journalist who grew up in Minnesota. Fattal, is an environmental activist, is from suburban Philadelphia.


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