Iran releases US hikers Wednesday

Two American hikers imprisoned as spies in Iran for more than two years were released on bail Wednesday, a U.S. official said.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were convicted last month of entering Iran illegally and spying for the United States, and each sentenced to eight years in prison.

Fattal and Bauer were arrested along with a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, in July 2009 after apparently straying over an unmarked border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran. Shourd was freed earlier on medical grounds.

Earlier this week, the Iranian Judiciary announced that they could be released on $500,000 bail, and it is unclear whether that amount has been paid.

CNN source

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