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    Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year, could be released as early as Monday once $500,000 is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

    "Everything is in place for the release," said lawyer Massoud Shafii, who got to see the hikers for the first time on Sunday. "It's up to the family when to deliver the money."

    The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported earlier Sunday that Shourd will be released if bail worth about $500,000 for her is submitted to the Iranian judiciary.

    "We are waiting for the bail set for Sarah Shourd to be deposited by (the) Swiss embassy in Iran," Shafii told the semi-official Iran Students' News Agency (ISNA) Monday. "... During my meeting with the client's family, we agreed to take measures for her release as soon as the money is provided."

    Shafii said of Shourd on Sunday, "Naturally she was happy, but her wish is for all three to be released together." He met the Americans at Tehran's Evin prison after the prosecutor for Tehran's Revolutionary Court announced the offer to release Shourd on bail.

    "I saw them and spoke to them," Shafii told CNN. "They were doing well."

    Shafii said he doesn't know when exactly the release would take place.

    Samantha Topping, a representative for the mothers of the hikers, said they are still taking in the news and are not yet making public comments. Topping had no comment on the bail money.

    Switzerland, which represents U.S. interests in the country, had little information to release Sunday.

    "Technicalities demanded by the attorney general are currently under consideration by the embassy in Tehran," Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu-Agosti told CNN.

    Shourd had a pre-existing gynecological problem, but her family says she now also has a lump in her breast, according to Shafii. She still could be charged, and authorities would still expect her to come back to Iran for a trial. But other foreigners who have been released on bail after imprisonment in Iran have left the country and not come back.

    Iranian officials had announced Thursday that Shourd would be released on Saturday, at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. But state media announced Friday that the release had been called off because legal procedures had not yet been resolved.

    On Sunday, Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced the country's "readiness for the conditional release of one of the three U.S. citizens arrested for illegally entering the country," state-run Press TV said.

    A judge decided to allow Shourd to be released on bail because of an ailment, Dolatabadi said, according to IRNA.

    Dolatabadi said Shourd would be free after bail is paid, but needs to take part in the trial when it is held, according to ISNA.

    Shourd, 32, Shane Bauer, 28, and Josh Fattal, 28, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Tehran has accused the three hikers of spying. Iran's intelligence minister has hinted the country may consider releasing them in exchange for the release of Iranian prisoners, according to state news outlets.

    Dolatabadi said authorities completed investigations on espionage charges against the three Americans over the past several days and the indictments have already been issued by the judge in charge of the case, IRNA reported.

    He said the arrest warrants have been issued for Bauer and Fattal.

    The hikers' families' website, freethehikers.org, said Shourd has been in solitary confinement, able to meet for only two 30-minute periods per day with Bauer, who is her fiance, and Fattal. The two men share a cell. All three Americans are graduates of the University of California, Berkeley. They have been able to telephone their families only once, on March 9.

    The United States and Iran have had no diplomatic relations for three decades, and Washington is not involved in moves to free Shourd, a State Department spokesman said Sunday.

    "We are in wait-and-see mode. We want all three hostages released and returned," State Department spokesman Fred Lash told CNN.

    The State Department is monitoring the situation, but all diplomacy is being handled by the Swiss Embassy, he said.


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    Bail my ass! Sounds like a ransom fee to me. Have the leaders of this country no shame?

    Granted it was pretty stupid for these three idealistic students to be in Iraq, let alone near the Iranian border but you have to feel Iran is just taunting and teasing along with attempting to extort money. How pathetic. This really shows the true colors of this countries leaders. Hopefully some day the Iranian people can take back their country from these ruthless thugs and hang them from the nearest tree.
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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Sigh, I have to say this is an example of where I really disagree with revolutionary governments. Hope it all gets solved.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Sigh, I have to say this is an example of where I really disagree with revolutionary governments. Hope it all gets solved.
    This government ceased being a revolutionary government a long time ago. Now they are just as repressive and corrupt at theiir predecessor was.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Oh, no its still a revolutionary government, but your point is right. American supported puppet terror state to some sortof fundamentalist state. Lameness.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    The US should get all its people home then cut off all state aid until it mends its ways.

    Just like with the British Government giving untold millions to the extremist Egyptian government, why should we Westerners pay for them to keep their wheels turning?

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Quote Originally Posted by Republic_Of_Public View Post
    The US should get all its people home then cut off all state aid until it mends its ways.

    Just like with the British Government giving untold millions to the extremist Egyptian government, why should we Westerners pay for them to keep their wheels turning?
    You don't know anything do you?

    2 words.

    Suez Canal.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    I have 5 for you:

    Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936.

    The Egyptians did all they could to sabotage our operations and get closer to communists and militant Islamics in Saudi. Nasser also stole the canal we had the use of by contract.

    Things have been rocky ever since the Suez Crisis and I think international pressure should be applied to make the Suez Canal an international free passageway.
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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Oh, no its still a revolutionary government, but your point is right. American supported puppet terror state to some sortof fundamentalist state. Lameness.
    I respectfully disagree they are any longer "revolutionary." At least revolutionary governments are idealistic and have good intentions. This was now reeks badly of corruption and hyprocracy.

    I'm with you on America being to blame for the outcome though. Just another example of American policy coming back to bite us in the butt.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    Quote Originally Posted by Republic_Of_Public View Post
    The US should get all its people home then cut off all state aid until it mends its ways.

    And this has what to do with Iran? I'm not aware of any aid they get from the U.S.

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    Re: Detained U.S. hiker could be freed as early as Monday

    This is a very lucky young woman, however I see her release as almost a kidnapping with a half million dollar ransom, played off as a humanitarian gesture.

    We can only hope the other two"Hikers" are offered up for a cash deal. If not then they need our prayers.

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