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. Daniel

    This is nothing but a ransom request for hostages. I wonder what the going rate is for a centrifuge on the black market?

    September 13, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    I would meet their request for the ransom and have special forces nearby to put a bullet in the irainians head and get our people and get out

    September 13, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Netr0

      That is quite idiotic

      September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      Reality ain't Holywood, Rambo...

      September 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    We cant just give them the money if we did our tourist wouldnt be safe anywhere If a rouge nation needs a few million just kidnap a american

    September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rozee007

      Why not? Do you think they released Sara without money?

      September 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. yah daddy

    yall so uglyy rapist ass

    September 13, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    People of the United States of America.President Obama and Iran.
    I consider myself a Professional for what I have done in my past Military career and what i am doing now to serve my country.I will speak bluantly and with and anger that is justified.Based on the IRANIAN HOSTAGE crisis 30 years ago and what they have done to defeat our efforts in Iraq and Afganistan.there is no way in hell they should be allowed to dictate any terms on anything to the Uniied States.These SOBs should be told;what gas refinery or miliitary base do you want to lose of you do not release our two people.I time for diplomacy in this case and others should come to an end and if they do not start cooperating with the U.S. and the World it is going to be very deadly and painful for them.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      Don't give up your military career just yet, because there's no hope for you in politics.
      The Iranian-US problems did not start with the Hostage Crisis. It started with the CIA/MI6 coup d'etat during which the democractically chosen prime minister Mossadegh was overthrown. Before you act all arrogant and pretentious about your beloved USA, try keeping the disgusting actions of your nation in both past and present in mind.
      Iran doesn't need to answer to World Police America just like how criminals don't need to answer to corrupt cops.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WOT

    There are millions of Black-Americans in jail, if I had the money I,d bail them out also. But I know jails are Big Business (Private Jails), in the USA!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. WOT

    Why do you people, CNN, stay away from the truth! There a million Black-Americans in Jail!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      yeah, cause cops hate black people.. cause they can dance and have style

      September 13, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Are you saying they don't belong there?

      September 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    bush would have got them released... he would have gave tehm a bomb worth 500k

    September 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. WOT

    Put up a Web for donations to get those young men out of Iran!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    @ frank man I had posted earlier But sir I so much like your post better The only problem i see would be the civilian deaths Not that it would bother you or me or for that matter any prior service we understand

    September 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    @orangeblossom: Umm why should the US Government pay for their stupidity unless they really were spies?

    September 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    @WOT: I have better things to do with my money than to help some idiot that went hiking near the Iranian border but thanks for the offer.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    @Rm81dragon: that's all fine and good but if you get in trouble you shouldn't then expect the US Government to come bail your @ss out.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This makes Iran look like such a great country.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      No, it makes Americans look like idiots.
      Please tell me, what would Uncle Sam do if 3 mexicans were caught "hiking" at the US border?

      September 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tewrobert

      Shahin, They find them everyday and then they send them home, WITHOUT having to post bail.

      your colors are showing and they are not Red White and Blue...If you dont like America LEAVE that is if you are actually here...

      September 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*Happy

    Yosmite maybe nextime huh guys?

    September 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
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