Two families in the United States are now in a jovial mood after the Iranian court has decided to release two Americans earlier convicted for spying in Iran in 2009. The Iranian judicial authorities has ordered the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal through the intercession of Omani, Iraqi and Swiss leaders. The two Americans are now heading back to the U.S. after they met with family members in Oman.
According to reports, Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Swiss government were the persons who worked hard to secure the release of the prisoners. US President Barrack Obama for his part expressed gratitude for the release of the two American prisoners in Iran. “The tireless advocacy of their families over these two years has won my admiration, and is now coming to an end with Josh and Shane back in their arms,” Obama said in a statement.
It was learned the two were released from their Iranian prison after the payment of $1 million as payment for their bail. Iranian authorities earlier convicted the two to eights years in jail for spying. The two men, along with their friend Sarah Shourd, were detained by Iranian authorities in July 2009 while hiking in Kurdish, northern Iraq. The Americans and their family denied the spying charges saying they went to Iran not to spy but to do some hiking in the area. With the help of a lot of people, the two Americans were ultimately released from prison after staying for two years behind bars in Iran.