TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister says freedom is near
for the two American hikers convicted of spying, but he's not being
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held in a Tehran prison
for more than two years. Their lawyer was in court Saturday trying
to arrange a $1 million-dollar-bail for freedom deal.
The foreign minister says Iran's judiciary was ready to cancel
the sentences as a gesture of Islamic mercy. But he did not give
any clearer indication on when the two men could be released.
Bauer and Fattal. They were detained along the Iran-Iraq border
in July 2009 and each sentenced to eight years in prison.
Mediators from Iraq and Oman have asked Iran to free them and an
Omani plane is in Tehran to carry the pair out of Iran if a deal is
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