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US national Sarah Shourd released from Iranian prison

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-14

US national Sarah Shourd, who was arrested along with two others and charged with espionage after crossing into Iran on a hiking trip, has been released from Iran's Evin prison, her lawyer and media reports said Tuesday.

AP - Iran’s English language state television reported Tuesday that American Sarah Shourd has been released after more than a year in prison.

 
“Iran has released US national Sarah Shourd,” flashed the red colored urgent banner on Press TV Tuesday.
 
Iran’s judiciary granted $500,000 bail for Shourd on Sunday for health reasons, though family had said they could not afford it and the U.S. said it would not pay it.
 
Shourd’s mother said her daughter has been denied treatment for serious health problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells.
 
Shourd was detained along the Iraqi border on July 31, 2009 along with two American friends, both men. Iran indicted all three on spy-related charges on Sunday which could mean trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd if she is freed.
 
The detainees’ families say they were hiking in Iraq’s scenic north when they were detained, and that if they crossed the border into Iran, they did so unwittingly.
 
Moves to release Shourd have been accompanied by political jockeying in Iran as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s conservative rivals criticized his attempts to release Shourd on humanitarian grounds after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
 

Ahmadinejad, who first tried to shepherd the release of Shourd last week, was rebuked by the courts, which insisted that any release had to be on their terms, including sizeable bail.

 

Date created : 2010-09-14

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