Swiss embassy in Tehran expected to help bail U.S. woman hiker: lawyer

08:43, September 13, 2010      

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Iran will soon release Sarah Shourd, one of three detained American citizens accused of espionage, Iran's mission to the United Nations said on Thursday. (Xinhua/AFP, File Photo)

The Iranian lawyer of the three detained U.S. nationals in Iran Masoud Shafiei said Sunday that Iran is waiting for the "required steps" of the Swiss embassy in Tehran to release a U.S. woman hiker, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

"I have informed my client's (Sarah Shourd) family and the Swiss embassy of the amount of the bail set by the (Iranian) Revolution Court, so that they can take required steps," Shafiei was quoted as saying.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran represents U.S. interests in Iran after the two countries broke direct diplomatic relations in 1980.

Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told a press conference Sunday that the country is ready to release the female hikers on bail of 500,000 U.S. dollars.

"I have met the three clients and Sarah Shourd is likely to be released (within the following days)," he told ISNA.

The three Americans, Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, were arrested in Iran on July 31 last year after they illegally entered the country from its western borders.

Source: Xinhua


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