Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pardon for Journalists?

The Washington Post reports Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "intends to release two Americans who have been jailed on charges of espionage for two years" and by granting them a “unilateral pardon.” Ahmadinejad said he was "helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home.” A lawyer representing the hikers says each of them would have to pay $500,000 in bail. Accoriding to the Post:
Bauer, Fattal and Shourd were hiking in the mountains of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region on July 31, 2009, when, according to their families, they strayed across the border by accident. Authorities in Tehran confirmed three days later that the three had been arrested, and an Iranian Arabic-language television network quoted police sources as saying the hikers were “CIA agents.” Bauer and Shourd were free-lance journalists who were living together in Damascus, Syria, where Shourd also taught English and was studying Arabic, friends and relatives said. Fattal is a friend of Bauer’s who was visiting the Middle East to explore his father’s roots in Iraq. All three graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. 
See Post article here.

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