Bail set for two Americans in Iran Jail, Release Could Come After Payment

Last month it was reported that two Americans were sentenced to serve three years in an Iranian jail for illegal entry into Iran and five years for spying for the United States. There were actually three Americans but has already been freed. In 2009 the three Americans were hiking near a waterfall near the Iran-Iraq border in the Kurdish region of Iraq and were accused of espionage by Iran. This charge came about because these hikers may have mistakenly crossed into Iran after stepping off a dirt road. The Americans denied the charges.

On Tuesday the Iranian court set a bail of five hundred thousand dollars for each of the two Americans who were arrested more than two years ago. This has cleared their way for their release which comes a year after a similar arrangement for the third American. After the payment of the bail they will be released. The first American released was a woman and now the two men are getting the same chance she did to get out of jail.

Because of the United State’s economic sanctions on Iran, the bail has to be arranged through a third party. The details of the bail agreement and the court’s decision will be passed on to the Swill Embassy who represents the United State’s interests in Iran. Both of the men have appealed their verdict and the woman’s case is still open.

More info on the potential release:

 

Lawyer: Iran sets bail for 2 jailed American
CBS News, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:27:11 -0700

Their case most closely parallels that of freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, an IranianAmerican who convicted of spying before being released in May 2009. Saberi was sentenced to eight years in prison, but an appeals court reduced that to a two-year 

 

Two jailed Americans in Iran to be released
KIMT, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 05:10:44 -0700

Their case most closely parallels that of freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, an IranianAmerican who convicted of spying before being released in May 2009. Saberi was sentenced to eight years in prison, but an appeals court reduced that to a two-year