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Iran's president intervened in American's release

 FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, Cindy Hickey, mother of Shane Bauer, right, Nora Shourd, mother of Sarah Shourd, center, and Laura Fattal, le...
 FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehra...
 FILE - In this May 21, 2010 file photo, Sarah Shourd, left, hugs her mother Nora Shourd, as Shane Bauer, second right, hugs his mother Cindy Hickey, ...

Iran US Hikers

FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, Cindy Hickey, mother of Shane Bauer, right, Nora Shourd, mother of Sarah Shourd, center, and Laura Fattal, le...

Iran US Hikers

FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehra...

Iran US Hikers

FILE - In this May 21, 2010 file photo, Sarah Shourd, left, hugs her mother Nora Shourd, as Shane Bauer, second right, hugs his mother Cindy Hickey, ...

An Iranian news agency says Saturday's planned released of one of three Americans jailed for more than a year is a result of intervention by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Sarah Shourd and two friends were arrested along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009, and Iran has accused them of illegal border crossing and spying. Their families say they were hiking in Iraq's scenic north and that if they crossed the border, they did so unwittingly.
Iran's Mehr news agency on Friday quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying the president intervened in part because of the "special viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the dignity of women."
The 31-year-old Shourd has been held in solitary confinement, and her mother says she's been denied treatment for serious health problems.


Updated : 2021-05-12 18:22 GMT+08:00