Oman’s foreign minister said today he’s not aware of any plans for Iran to release two other Americans still being held there, but that his country stands willing to act as an intermediary between Tehran and Washington.
Sarah Shourd has stayed out of the public eye since arriving late Tuesday aboard a private Omani jet. Her mother — who was waiting at a special royal airfield — says her 32-year-old daughter has serious medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells.
UPDATE: The American woman released by Iran today after more than a year in prison said she was grateful to Iran’s president for her freedom shortly before she boarded a flight to the Gulf sultanate of Oman where her mother greeted her with a warm embrace.
UPDATE: Iran’s internal battles over the handling of American detainee Sarah Shourd flared again today as the mouthpiece of the powerful Revolutionary Guard led the backlash against a decision to free her on $500,000 bail.
Iran said Thursday it will free Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans jailed for more than 13 months, as an act of clemency to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Minnesotan Shane Bauer and another man will remain in prison.
The mothers of three Americans detained in Iran since July 31, 2009, have put their careers on hold and turned to what’s become a full-time job for them: attempting to secure their children's release from Tehran’s Evin Prison in the face of espionage accusations by the Iranian government.
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested July 31 during what their families have said was a simple hiking trip along the Iraq-Iran border. They have said if the hikers crossed into Iran it was an accident.
GENEVA — Three Americans detained in Iran for almost a year on suspicion of spying probably will go on trial soon if prosecutors decide there is enough evidence to press charges, Iran’s top human rights official said Friday.
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