Iran says U.S. hikers to be freed after bail paid

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:28 EDT
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Iran’s judiciary said Wednesday two US hikers convicted of espionage and illegal entry would be released from a Tehran jail after bail is posted, which their lawyer said would be done later in the day.

“Following the request of their lawyer, their detention order was converted to bail of five billion rials ($400,000) and they will be released until the final verdict,” the judiciary statement said, as reported by Iranian media.

The lawyer for the hikers, Masoud Shafii, said earlier he would post bail later Wednesday and he expected the pair to be handed to the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the Islamic republic.

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