Iran Agrees to Free Female American Imprisoned For 13 Months
September 10, 2010
Iran (ChattahBox World News) – Iranian authorities have agreed to free one of three American hikers being held in Iran, who were arrested in July 2009 on charges of “spying”.
Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested after unintentionally crossing an unmarked border while hiking in Northern Iraq, a largely peaceful region of the war-torn country. When found by authorities they were accused of spying and imprisoned, with all three having been held for 13 months despite calls for their return to the U.S.
Now, Iranian authorities say they will be releasing Shourd as a sign of good will and clemency following the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a common practice that the country uses as proof of their ‘leniency’ in a often corrupt and extreme judiciary system.
Shourd, who became engaged to Bauer while in prison, will be set free on Saturday and most likely released to Swiss authorities, who will escort her to Geneva. There is no word on whether or not the other two hikers will be released, and already Iran is trying to use them as bargaining chips for Iranians they say are being held by the U.S.