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. bobcat2u

    What happened with the US policy of not negotiating with terrorists and hostage takers ?

    September 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      then they'd have to censor themselves wouldn't they?

      September 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • muir

      Ask St Reagan. After all he was in charge during the Iran/Contra payoffs.

      September 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    @Name: where in the world is Yosmite?

    September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WOT

    Jim,some of us were young and dumb at some stage of our life; I know I was! And yes, I would help with money to get them home and I am a Black Father,dad,Grand father,uncle,husband and all the other things that goes with being a thinking Man.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amishjihad420

    Hahahaha. Lmao! They just want 2 see if the Jeews will fork up the money 4 their kids. You know they got it. If they werent so cheap the headline would have said " Iranian prisoners released on 1 million dollars bail."

    September 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. englandumd

    So does anyone over there at CNN understand what "bail" is?

    September 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    what is wrong with you people? weve been giving them millions of $s forever so for l more we get 2 of our citizens back! should be a done deal since theyve been getting millions for nothing til now. oh wait not exactly true weve been takin in their ppl

    September 14, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    not to mention giving them a free education, food stamps and other public assistance that most americans cant qualify for oh and lets not forget tax free on their businesses. may as well give em another million and get something for it!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. CHUCK

    Let ‘Em Rot: “Hiking” Americans Detained in Iran Are Pro-Syrian, Anti-Israel, Far-Left “Journalist” Activists

    September 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bryan

    Tourists? hiking in a war torn country bordering on one of the "axi of evil". Yep probably spies.

    September 25, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. joey.s

    This Just In???? this is old news.

    October 15, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
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