September 18th, 2011
05:41 AM ET

Hikers' release from Iran prison delayed again

The lawyer trying to get two American hikers freed from prison in Iran was not able to get a signature on bail paperwork because a judge is on vacation until Tuesday, he told CNN on Sunday.

Masoud Shafiee, attorney for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, told CNN that he was "very hopeful" about their release. The lawyer raised hopes earlier in the week that the pair could soon be freed after their bail was paid.

However, the signatures of two judges are needed to prove that bail has been paid.

The two men and a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, were seized in July 2009, while hiking in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, after apparently straying into Iran across an unmarked border.

Iranian authorities arrested them, claiming they were spies and had entered the country illegally. Shourd, who is Bauer's fiancee, was released last year for medical reasons, although authorities said her case remains open.

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  1. Blargh

    What dumb azzez.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Cats's away, the mice will play "

    Tuesday will come and go. Hussein, bin-Laden, Gadhafi, Mubarek...all part of the Shah's playbill. I think thier bluffing and pulling your chain.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. aaron

    holding the U.S. hostage for money??

    September 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |

    @aaron... for "more" money... and we are stupid enuff to pay it... instead of just going over there and getting them..

    September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    I'm wondering how these reporters, I mean hikers, are gonna raise that kind of $$! Are they independently wealthy?Do they have American benefactors, or will their news agency pony up??

    September 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    I am sure the friends and families of these...ahem...hikers raised the money.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. B

    I wish this would end for their families, especially, but also for Americans who are sick of looking at them with those big holes in their ears. Why are they getting all this attention from the media? They did something really stupid. Who are they really and don't they have anything better to do than hike in a dangerous part of the world? Do they have loads of cash and don't work? I don't even care enough to read about them. For their families' sake, I hope they get home soon. Then I hope they can find something safe to do to keep them busy so we don't have to be tortured with hearing constant updates.

    September 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • coolguy

      I agree. I understand we have the freedom to travel anywhere i the world, but let's have some common sense here. Why go into a torn country that hates the US, and feel that they have to respect us? They don't. Go hiking in the Rockies somewhere in the states. For your own safety, stay in your own backyard!

      September 19, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nunya

    Lets stop pretending they arent working for a government agency....last time i checked it is pretty hard to vacation in a theatre of war...desite that i am actually starting to warm up to their president..he seems pretty descent

    September 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shaka-Kan / leader of the midgit people

    "RuffNutt is our freind and budconnect" he got super-weed! We love his pot the best...... Rock-on real ruffie !!

    September 19, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shaka-Kan / leader of the midgit people

    We think RuffNutt should run for president of the U S , if he was president instead of food lines we would have weed kitchens and people would get 5 grams of chronic a week for the next four years and he would give every american acoupon for free pizza from pizzahut once a month for life and there would'nt be a war cause we would be all to stoned to fight and would have a serious case of the munchies !!! And instead of christmas trees we would decorate marijauna trees with bulbs and on christmas day we could smoke buds from the tree..... So vote for ruffnutt for president of the U.S. "he is our only HOPE" .......

    September 19, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mackmoud Achimied Amademijaud (president of Iran) laughing at america at this very moment while i look over our nukelear warhead plans for our new 1st strike ICBM which is named the "Infidel messenger of death" !!!

    U fools !! We will never let them go . They are spies and we will execute the infidels very soon ! And i will bring armeggedon to the earth and allah will make u perish while us muslims will get 72 virgins apiece ......

    September 19, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shaka-Kan / Leader of the midgit people

    We believe the only good president is a stoned president !!

    September 19, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. B

    Uh, sorry to disappoint you, but I think it's only 42 virgins, prez. Looks like the party won't be as great as you imagined.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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