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.FULL POST