September 9th, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Iran to release 1 of 3 jailed Americans, official says

Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year, will be released Saturday, Iranian officials said Thursday.

An official at Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance said earlier Thursday that one of the three would be freed this weekend, after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, without specifying which one. But Bak Sahraei, a representative for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, told CNN that Shourd was designated for release "very soon."

The Culture Ministry official said one of Iran's vice presidents will be present when the hiker is released at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Shourd, along with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Tehran has said the three hikers were spies, and Iran's intelligence minister has hinted the country may consider releasing them in exchange for the release of Iranian prisoners, according to state news outlets.

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  1. philipe12

    Wow. If you get caught tresspassing here you face jail time and only get released after serving your time.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. prom girl

    Who does pay ransom..? If our government does pay this bail please go slow .Let those Three Americans stir over there for awhile.I think they went there and not for hiking reasons.If they did go hiking well they aren't any different than a lot of people in this country.If it is true they went hiking we had a saying .When God gave brains out these three were in the wrong line.

    September 12, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. vivian V

    There are a lot of hiking trails on the American mainland. please stop hiking in/around these nutty countries. You create a diplomatic nightmare for the state department.

    September 20, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |