September 12th, 2010
03:48 AM ET

Lawyer: U.S. hiker could be freed Sunday

[update: 8:37 a.m.] Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year, could be released Sunday or Monday, an Iranian lawyer representing the hikers told CNN Sunday.

"Everything is in place for the release," said lawyer Massoud Shafii, who
got to see them for the first time on Sunday. "It's up to the family when to deliver the money."

A prosecutor in Tehran has announced Iran's readiness for the "conditional release" of one of the three U.S. citizens detained there, state media reported Sunday.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that detained American Sarah Shourd will be released on bail.

State-run Press TV said Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi announced the country's "readiness for the conditional release of one of the three U.S. citizens arrested for illegally entering the country."

Semi-official media ISNA and Fars News Agency reported that bail in the amount of $500,000 had been set for Shourd.

Iranian officials said Thursday that Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year, would be released this weekend.

But Friday, prosecutors said the release had been "canceled" because the judicial process had not been completed.

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  1. Doris Temme

    Shameful what Iran is doing.....they know these students are only students, but they want to make an example of them as a warning to all American Citziens, maybe we should listen....how nice are they!?!?

    An average citizen from Iran in America would not just be picked up and thrown in jail even if they had entered illegally. There are plenty of lawyers in the U.S. who would fight for the rights of any immigrant....why aren't U.S. citizens given the same in Iran.

    Conditional release of $500,000....do they have bail bondsmen.....is only a % paid......can she leave Iran or does she have to stay. Who is protecting these students while they are being imprisoned? Who can visit them? Is the American Embassy the Middle East/Asia, doing anything to help these three students who in my opinion are being held as political prisoners? Are they all alive – why just one student?

    September 12, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • hothead007

      What about those innocent muslim kept in Gutenamo prison so many of them have been proved innocent but still the terrorist fanatical united states of america is not ready to release them calling them threat to america, so does Iran have right not to release these american CIA agents who are a threat tothe whole muslim world

      September 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    The three hikers are a pawn in a chess game that Iran is holding around the King and Queen for protection. They are used for political gain within the Iranian government. The Bail is but a ransom that ought to be paid before her release, not a bail as they claim. A bail the US cannot allow it since the US impose trade sanctions against Iran. A ransom is something the family has to come up with. A ransom to be paid and she is out for good. The other two are probably out of luck. Now if Shourd mother cannot come out with the money, she is also out of luck. The US will stay out of this transaction and make it a ransom.

    September 12, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. sadworld

    IF THAT DUDE FROM GAINESVILLE WOULD HAD BURN THE QURAN. THE HIKERS WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED. THEY WAITED TO SEE IF THE QURAN WAS GONA BE BURNT B4 RELEASING SARAH. HELLO PEOPLE. STOP PLAYING WITH MUSLIMS OR ANY TYPE OF OTHER RELIGIONS. MIND YOUR OWN BZNESS. WORRY BOUT REAL MATTERS. THE WORLD IS DYING FAST CAUSE PEOPLE WORRY BOUT WRONG THINGS

    September 12, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. hoss

    But i thought islam was a peaceful faith. 3 lives for some books. grow up. the united states doesn't negotiate with terrorists.

    September 12, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. OMG

    What will it take 4 ppl 2 stay out of these countries that have no respect 4 human life, family values or feelings 4 emotions. it is no secrete that these countries are full of hate 4 the United States and what this country represents. OMG.. PPL STAY OUT OF THESE COUNTRIES

    September 12, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. sadworld

    THATS A LIE. U NEVER GOT OUT OF AMERICA FOR U TO THINK THESE COUNTRIES HATE AMERICA. WHATEVER. LOOK WHAT AMERICA HAS DONE TO THESE COUNTRIES. THEN RETHINK WHAT U TYPED. LOOK AT BUSH AND HIS DAD. OIL AND MONEY. SHOOT. THESE COUNTRIES DIDNT ASK TO BE BOTHERED. AMERICA THINKS ITS THE BEST. LEARN OTHER CULTURES BEFORE U SPEAK OF IGNORANCE. WHO TOOK WAR OVER THERE? AMERICANS. HELLO? wake up and stop being ignorant. Get out of america and go visit other countries instead of being judgmental white america. This is ridiculous. These countries are beautiful. Go see. Judge too quick

    September 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linda Daley

    Is there a fund that we can contribute for her bail.

    September 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hoss

    I've been to the middle east. actually spent a year there in uniform. its hot, it smells bad, and the terrain is far from beautiful. just one white americans point of view

    September 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    I am always amused with the comments on these blog posts. People who shout the loudest have no grasp of proper English, but call others ignorant. 🙂

    September 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Why can't these so-called US officials overseas state the fact that there "Wasn't" a burning of the Quran, instead of condemning the burning that never took place, come on people, what happened to stating the facts? "TO THE MORONIC EXTREMISTS : NO ONE BURNED THE QURAN!!!!"

    September 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |