Iran to release U.S. hikers after they pay $500,000 bail each, attorney says
Hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown in a picture release by state-run Iranian TV in February.
September 13th, 2011
06:03 AM ET

Iran to release U.S. hikers after they pay $500,000 bail each, attorney says

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, two American hikers accused of being spies in Iran, will be released from an Iranian prison after a $500,000 bail is paid for each of them, the two men's attorney said Tuesday.

The lawyer said he has spoken to the two men's family and the are trying to get the money quickly.

If the two men walk free this would be the end of an international tug-of-war between Iran and the United States that has stretched on for over two years.

More than two years ago, the two men along with Sarah Shourd - Bauer's fiancee - were hiking in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region along the Iranian border.

Iranian police arrested the three Americans, saying they illegally entered Iran. They were also charged with spying.

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  1. Jim

    And if they're smart they skip out and eat the bail.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Key

      Great to see Iran is like any other third world country where the price of justice can be bought for two people at a mere million dollars.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    Of course they've already proven they're not too bright by hiking near Iran's border after other people have gone through the same thing.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      It does sound mean, but I totally agree with you. There are plenty of sights to see in that region without pressing your luck.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      well if they wanted to see a oil rich theocracy they should have just hiked in TEXAS.
      lol.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      That's assuming the Iranians didn't just kidnap them from the other side of the border.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TomT

    Iran never does things like this unless it serves some other purpose. In this case, perhaps it is to divert attention from the launch of the nuke plant, I don't know. What's the bail about anyway? Bail is to ensure that somebody returns for trial. They were convicted and sentenced already. A pending appeal perhaps, but I haven't heard of such a thing.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    Iran's finances must be in a dire state if they need to sell hostages: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/us-hikers-sentenced-to-8-years/

    September 13, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rod Stiffington

    I have always wondered what it would be like to hike in such a dangerous area. I can think of nothing more scary than hiking in Iran. I have been to some scary places in the past but none will compare to my trip around the taint of Howard Stern.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. rachbell

    About time. What they did was stupid but the amount of time they were detained was rediculous. A few months in an Iranian jail would have taught them a lesson.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sepehr

    Their attorney said they will be release. I really hope that but this is Iran and Iran's government we are talking about. even when government in state TV says something gonna happen, next day they say no! this is not happen and we didn't say that!
    If ask me, i say the chance that the lawyer get arrest is more than the chance of release of these 2 men!
    anyway, i wish them luck and hope that they come back home soon.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Laurence Ringo

    Get a clue,people! It's not "bail",it's extortion,plain and simple;are you kidding me??

    September 13, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lowertech

    It's called a bribe.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Orangeblossom

    That's to help pay for more uranium they need to refine to blow Nessie, our underwater ally, out of the water.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lowertech

    Extortion is an even better word...

    September 13, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Orangeblossom

    Those two hikers are lucky they haven't been beheaded yet. And why are the families having to come up with the money? They were clearly pawns. The US government should cough up the money.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Key

      Why should the families come up with the "bail" money? Well, as it was so estutely pointed out in earlier comments, these two bright boys and the one lass got themselves in a bind by not playing it too smart and hiking along the Iran border. I see no reason why we, as taxpayers, should have to fork over a million bucks for the trio's lack of jugement. They will have plenty of book deals afterwards and more than likely a film made of their blunder. Have them tap into that potential income via a personal loan.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Key

      Why should the families come up with the "bail" money? Well, as it was so estutely pointed out in earlier comments, these two bright boys and the one lass got themselves in a bind by not playing it too smart and hiking along the Iranian border. I see no reason why we, as taxpayers, should have to fork over a million bucks for the trio's lack of judgement. They will have plenty of book deals afterwards and more than likely a film made of their blunder. Have them tap into that potential income via a personal loan.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Governments can't start paying ransom for things like this. Ask France how well that works. It makes all of your citizens overseas more attractive targets for kidnap.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rm81dragon

    I hope that this is true and not just another example of false hope on behalf of the Iranian Govt. For all the people in the world that aren't driven to take the luxery cruise or stay at the Sandal's Resort (which to be clear is perfectly fine, just not for everyone), this episode, this kidnapping of innocent travelers has been heart wrenching. I've seen few amazing parts of the world from India to Ethiopia and beyond, and have always chosen the more gritty, the more culturally integrated route. For some people, it just makes sense to get off the beaten track, see things that most people haven't, have tea with the locals in a mud-wall wooden frame house. It's natural, however, even after countless examples of human goodness the world over, affirmations of trust, to be aware that something could go wrong. This situation/nightmare has struck fear in the hearts of those of us that choose the path less traveled. It will be a remarkable day when, and if, these two are released - I truly hope, with every fiber in my core, that what we are hearing is a reality.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Pay the ransom. That's what it is....Tom T is right.
    It most certainly *isn't* bail.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. mr. knowitall

    united states needs to blckmail them back by freezing 1 million in any assets they have here or within our control anywhere

    September 13, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
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