Sarah Shourd Is Free: Released From Evin Prison In Tehran
American Hiker Sarah Shourd Released: From Evin Prison To Swiss Embassy, Iranian Student News Agency Reports
One of three American hikers held in Evin prison in Iran, Sarah Shourd is free.
Sarah Shourdwas released from her Tehran jail and handed over to the Swiss Embassy which manages US affairs in Iran since there is no official American embassy there.
A judge decided to allow Shourd to be released on bail because of her medical condition, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Sunday, citing Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi.
Shourd had a pre-existing gynecological problem, and her family says she now also has a lump in her breast, according to Shafii.
In July of 2009, Shourd, 32, and friends Shane Bauer, 28, and Josh Fattal were detained by Iran police on suspicion of spying after straying into Iran along the border in Iraq's Kurdistan area.
All three have been formally charged with espionage. Sarah Shourd's friends will be held in jail for another few months according to prosecutors in Tehran.
The Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jaffari-Dowlatabadi said in a statement that Shourd's backers had put up a bank note for the $500,000, reported the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency, or ILNA. U.S. government officials have been quoted saying that no American money would be used for the bail.