September 14th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Detained American hiker freed in Iran

[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.

Tehran has accused the three hikers of spying.  FULL STORY


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  1. Mark

    Iran hates us because Britain and the US are upset that they lost the billions of dollars in oil revenue they were making in that country before 1979 and are doing all that they can to put Iran into a corner and find reasons to conduct a future invasion and restore their "democracy". Now I am not saying that Iran has a good government or is right in all acounts but don't think that the American government has good intentions with Iran and that we are their to liberate the people of that country and bring peace to that area. Our country is run by people who make mass amounts of money off killing people and taking their resources and this as happened in the past, is happening now and will almost for certain happen in the future.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vic

    I am happy she was released. the hikers should have used some common sense but sometimes commom sense is not so common. If anybody knows what Operation Ajax is then it should not be a surprise as to why Iran hates the U.S. So dont always believe what you hear and actually use your own brain instead of making assumptions.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and what do this trash say? thank you? no.
    money, poltics, insults more "we' this and 'we" that,
    your welcome, you ignorant pig fukers and w.hores.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. janichingas

    cover up , there spys good work cia on the cover up .

    September 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. janichingas

    what about all the hikers between the arizona and mexico border , brewer should detain them and ask for half million too

    September 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Good for her and bad luck for the other two. I bet she is going to appear on some news network and run her mouth on her arrest probably enough to jeopardize the release of the other two. If I was her, I would keep my mouth shut, specially when Iran posponed their trial another two month.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tktktk

    stupid and/or addicted to thrill seeking...how many of these people have to be rescued from mountains, deserts, tiny boats in big oceans every year?...why hike in a safe area when you can get the thrill of being so close to a really scary hell hole like Iran?

    September 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dirty hippy

    Dirty hippies need to be free.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. lostinny

    May she serve as an example to others. She had to know full well that she was in a very dangerous place. She took the risk, and paid the price. And others now have to clean up her mess. When you play with fire...................

    September 15, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brendan

    I have no Respect for anyone like this that goes hiking in IRAN and orIRAQ. Picture this. Its 1941and i decide to go hiking around the mountains of Germany. What is wrong with this picture???? SARAH, YOU MADE YOUR BED, SLEEP IN IT

    September 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronald

    they must be the three stupidest poeple on earth if i told my friend "hey lets go hiking in iroq im sure its safe there 80,000 american troops there im sure nothing will happen even though its right on the boarder with iran and everybody know the iranian are know for there hospitality toward foreigner especially american so come on guys pack your bags and kiss your ass goodbye"stupid hope iran keeps them forever

    September 18, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. danny

    I'l bet they won't even think of Costa Rica...only how to go back, hike, and not get caught. Who the hell hilkes in Iran??? I believe it is only a scam from this woman, to the American people to praise muslum ways and make the muslims seem so honor bound...

    September 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. v festival tickets

    I'm sorry, I just don't buy it. Three good friends decide that for all the great places in the world to go "hike", they're going to try the border between Iran and Iraq for a nice quaint stroll. "Hey, that looks like a nice place to go...all pretty and safe." How about the logistics of just getting there? Just buy a ticket and nobody will ask questions? "let's see, Lebanon, Paris, Shanghai, The Azores, Fiji......Yea, border of Iraq and Iran, shouldn't be too risky there." Whatever, hope they were American or Israeli spies looking for a nice little canyon to put a nuke in and take out the whole place.....tired of the middle East drama, nothing but grief for thousands of years. The kids just can't play well together of there, I reckon.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
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