TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that an American woman 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.
Iran claims they illegally crossed the border from Iraq's northern Kurdish region and had threatened to put the three on trial for spying. Their families say they were hiking in the largely peaceful region of Iraq and that if they crossed the border, it was accidental.