Iran frees detained hiker, CNN Reports

Iran frees detained hiker, CNN Reports
American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel before meeting with their mothers, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 20, 2010.
Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained for more than a year in Iran, has been released from prison, Iran's state-run Press TV reported Tuesday. Report from CNN.

KBOI 2 News has been following this story very closely because Shourd has family here in Boise.

Iran's English Language Television Station broke the news this morning. A red urgent banner flashed on screen reading, "Iran has released U.S. National Sarah Shourd."

We don't know the details behind the release yet. Over the weekend, diplomats and lawyers were trying to arrange the payment of a $500,000, but Shourd's family had said they couldn't afford it. The U.S. said it would not pay it.

The Iranians offered her bail, because of a medical condition. Shourd's family says they're worried she has cancer.

Even with Shourd's release, her friends who were also arrested will stay in jail. Their names, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

Iranian prosecutors say they're now finalizing a spying case against the two men.

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