Iran issues statements over release of two U.S hikers

Iran issues statements over release of two U.S hikers

Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 22 /Trend A. Qurbanova/

Iran 's foreign ministry has issued a statement over the release of two U.S hikers. It explains the procedures and maltreatment of its own citizens in U.S prisons, IRIB reported.

"The Islamic republic agreed to release the two individuals on bail respecting the requests of the UN Secretary General, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Oman king Sultan Qaboos and some other religious individuals," the ministry said.

The statement stressed that the foreign ministry continues pursuing release of Iranian citizens in U.S prisons. It objects to the inhumane and difficult conditions of Iranian citizens in the U.S and UK prisons where they have deprived from their basic rights.

Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer were completely freed on $500,000 bail each and arrived in Oman on Wednesday.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, were flown to Muscat on an Omani Royal Air Force plane which landed at the private airport of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

The Appellation Court of Tehran Province issued a decree to accept $500,000 bail each for the release of two convicted U.S citizens, Mehr News Agency reported

Masoud Shafee, the legal defender of the two Americans, said in an interview with ISNA that the two convicted US citizens will leave the Evin prison at 15:00 local time (GTM +4:30).

The bail has been provided by the Oman government, he added.

Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd were detained in 2009 after crossing an unmarked stretch of the Iran-Iraq border. They were charged by Iran's Revolutionary Court with illegally crossing the border and espionage and sentenced to eight-year prison terms.

Shourd was released in September, 2010 on health grounds after posting 500,000 dollars in bail by Oman, and returned to the United States.

Last week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC News that the American nationals would be freed by the end of the week, following which Iran's Revolutionary Court agreed to release the two U.S. citizens under $500,000 bail each.

However, Iran's Judiciary had refuted media reports on their release.

On Sept. 15, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani held talks with the Iranian top officials on the release of these two. After the talks, the Iranian side agreed to hand over them to the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in Iran.

Later, CNN reported that the Sultanate of Oman was involved again in brokering the release of Fattal and Bauer.

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