The Wait is Over, Iran will Release US Hikers Today

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The wait could finally be over for the remaining two US hikers who have been incarcerated in Iran for over two years.

Their lawyer, Masoud Shafiei told reporters that he fully expects Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have been held in Tehran since 2009 on espionage charges, to be released today.

Shafiei is quoted by the Washington Post as stating, “I will be in front of Evin prison at 3pm,” he said, explaining that he was not sure whether the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who represents the United States in the Isl?mic republic of Iran would be there too. “They will be free, that is what matters now,” Shafiei said.

The US hikers have been awaiting the return of a judge, who is reported to have been on vacation, to return to sign the final papers to allow their release on $1 million dollars bond.

Shafiei explained that he finally has received the long-awaited signature Wednesday morning.

The Washington Post has also received word from a high level source who wished to remain unnamed is confirming the release will occur today.

Bauer and Fattal were arrested along with a third US hiker, Sarah Shourd, along the Iran/Iraq border. The trio were jailed but Shourd was granted bail on medical grounds last year and returned to the United States

As with her two jailed friends, Ms. Shourd’s bail had also been set at $500,000 and was paid through Oman, a US Gulf ally that maintains friendly relations with Iran.

The two US hikers are expected to be handed over to the Swiss Embassy later today.

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