[Updated at 9:31 a.m.] Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told state-run television that "representatives" of American hiker Sarah Shourd paid her $500,000 bail to an Iranian bank in Muscat, Oman, after which a judge ordered her release Tuesday.
"She can leave Iran if she wants to," Dolatabadi said.
A diplomat at the Swiss embassy told Press TV that Shourd would be leaving Iran later Tuesday.
[Posted at 7:50 a.m.] Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained for more than a year in Iran, has been released from prison, state-run Press TV reported Tuesday. Attorney Massoud Shafii, who is representing the hikers, had said everything was in place for Shourd's release once bail of $500,000 was submitted to the Iranian judiciary.
Shourd, 32; Shane Bauer, 28; and Josh Fattal, 28, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
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