According to ABC News, two US hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been freed by Iran. As per their lawyer, the two Americans held captive in an Iranian prison for over two years will be set free today. A second Iranian judge has finally signed their release order. Iran had previously sentenced Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer to 8 years in prison as spies.
Attorney Masoud Shafii, the lawyer representing the Americans, said that the only thing now keeping Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal behind bars is the $500,00 bail each, which their lawyer tells ABC News could be processed today.
“The natural path has taken its course. As I had mentioned before, I was waiting for a signature. This has now happened. There was a small problem with the bail. I requested from them to deal with this problem. I asked them to go to the Central Bank to resolve the issue. I hope that this will be resolved today,” Shafii said today.
What a shock that the release comes right before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to speak in NYC at the UN in front of the General Assembly.
UPDATE I: Josh Fattal & Shane Bauer get outta Dodge after freed from prison … American Hikers Leave Iran Following Prison Release.