Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad briefs the media, prior to departing Tehran's Mehrabad airport for a trip to Tajikistan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) (AP)

Ahmadinejad: U.S. hikers could be freed in days

Two Americans detained on spy-related charges are a step closer to freedom


Associated Press
September 13, 2011 5:30PM (UTC)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says two American hikers arrested and convicted on spy-related charges there could be freed "in a couple of days."

Ahmadinejad announced the upcoming release on NBC's "Today" show in an interview aired early Tuesday, saying it would be a humanitarian gesture.

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The development comes after their defense attorney said an Iranian court set bail of $500,000 each for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, arrested more than two years ago. The move clears the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for Sarah Shourd, the third member of the group.


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