Sarah Shourd, 32, was waiting with her mother in Muscat, Oman, Wednesday to travel back home to the United States after being released on bail the day before from a Tehran prison. Fellow Americans Shane Bauer, 28, who is Shourd's fiance, and their friend, Josh Fattal, 28, remain in jail there.
The three Americans were detained after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region in July 2009. Iran accused the three of spying, a charge the United States and the hikers have denied.
For more than a year they have been held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. The prison is known for the harsh conditions - something the hikers' family members have worried about. As the story continues to develop, we wondered what conditions are like in Iranian facilities.
CNN Radio wanted to learn more so they spoke with Roozbeh Mirebrahimi who was a blogger and political editor for a pro-reformist newspaper in Iran. In 2004 he was arrested as hardliners conducted a sweep of reformist sympathizers. He spent two months in solitary confinement during which he says he was beaten and psychologically tortured. He was held under accusations he was working for the West, insulting the supreme leader, belonging to an illegal anti-government organization and having sex outside of his marriage.
Mirebrahimi, who now lives in New York City, opened up to CNN Radio's Steve Kastenbaum about his horrific experience.
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