[Updated at 7:02 a.m.] A lawyer for two American hikers imprisoned in Iran said he has filed all the necessary paperwork for them to be released on bail, but he does next expect judges to act on it before Saturday, he told CNN Thursday.
Attorney Masoud Shafiee said he hoped a decision would be made then - after the Iranian weekend - but said he was "not privy to what goes on behind the scenes."
He said earlier this week that he expects Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer to be freed after $500,000 bail is paid for each of them, but the Iranian judiciary said later that it was only considering the bail request.
The two Americans have been convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.
On Wednesday, an Omani plane was en route to Tehran carrying an Omani official who will be working on any negotiation, a Western diplomat told CNN.
But it was not clear whether the hikers would be free to leave, the source said.
Fattal and Bauer have been held for more than two years. They and a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, were arrested July 31, 2009, after apparently straying across an unmarked border between Iraq and Iran while hiking in northern Iraq's Kurdish region.FULL STORY