No 'imminent' release of US hikers, Iranian official says
An Iranian judicial official on Wednesday denied reports that two US citizens detained on spying charges were to be released, saying a bail request for the pair was under review. The two were arrested in 2009 while hiking near Iran’s border.
REUTERS - Two U.S. nationals arrested while hiking in Iran and convicted of spying will not be released imminently, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had announced, a judiciary official said on Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad told U.S. media that they would be freed “in a couple of days”, in what he called a humanitarian gesture shortly before he travels to the United Nations in New York.
The pair were arrested in July 2009 near Iran’s border with Iraq, where they say they were hiking in the mountains as tourists, along with a third American, Sarah Shourd.