U.S. hikers released from Iranian jail
Two Americans jailed in Iran as spies have been released from a Tehran prison after more than two years in custody, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.
A convoy of vehicles with Swiss and Omani diplomats left Evin prison Wednesday with the two men inside and headed to Tehran's international airport, according to the Associated Press.
Josh Fattal of Pennsylvania and Shane Bauer, who grew up in Minnesota and lived in California's Bay Area, were freed after posting $500,000 bail each. They have insisted that they were hiking in Iraq -- not spying -- when they were seized by Iranian forces along the Iran-Iraq border in 2009. A third companion, Sarah Shourd of Los Angeles, also was arrested but was released in September 2010 on $500,000 bail.
Los Angeles Times correspondents in Cairo and Tehran will follow developments in the hikers’ story as they unfold.
-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, as they appeared in a Tehran courtroom earlier this year. Credit: Reuters