Global Market Data
Global News Journal
Pakistan: Now or Never?
Front Row Washington
The Great Debate
Personal Finance Video
Life & Culture
Photos of the week
Our top photos from the past week. Warning: Graphic content Full Article
Libyan forces renew battle for Gaddafi towns
Pakistan troops, Taliban battle for drone wreckage
Obama to propose "Buffett Tax" on millionaires
17 Sep 2011
Geithner's "succinct" message irks Europeans
16 Sep 2011
Turkey to freeze EU ties if Cyprus gets EU presidency
Al Gore in 24-hour broadcast to convert climate skeptics
Number of poor hit record 46 million in 2010
Geithner’s ”succinct” message irks Europeans
Photos capture air show crash
Sat, Sep 17 2011
Amvid of deadly air show crash
Sat, Sep 17 2011
Fierce fighting for Sirte
Iran judge won't sign "hikers" release before Tuesday: lawyer
Oman plane in Iran, awaiting U.S. citizens' release
Fri, Sep 16 2011
U.S. remains hopeful Iran will release hikers: Clinton
Thu, Sep 15 2011
U.S. men in Iran to be freed soon with Talabani help: envoy
Thu, Sep 15 2011
Iran judiciary denies U.S. men's release is imminent
Wed, Sep 14 2011
Jailed Americans to be freed soon: Ahmadinejad
Tue, Sep 13 2011
Analysis & Opinion
Grais fights to keep $8.5 billion BofA case in fed. court
11th Circ. on prosecutorial misconduct: what does â€˜orâ€™ mean?
United Nations »
Masoud Shafie, lawyer for the three U.S. hikers charged with spying after they were arrested near Iran's border with Iraq, talks to the media outside the revolutionary court in Tehran September 17, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl
Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:37am EDT
TEHRAN (Reuters) - The lawyer for two U.S. men convicted of spying in Iran said on Sunday their release could be delayed until Tuesday as the judge in the case was on vacation.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a U.S. television interviewer last week that Shane Bauer, 28, and Josh Fattal, 29, would be freed in coming days in a humanitarian gesture ahead of his trip to the United Nations in New York.
The Gulf State of Oman has sent a plane to Iran to pick up the Americans, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.
The men were arrested on the border with Iraq in 2009 where they said they were hiking. They were found guilty of illegal entry and espionage and were sentenced last month to eight years in prison.
The deal to release them still has to be signed off by Iran's judiciary, which said on Wednesday the release was not imminent, reflecting a rift between the country's ruling hardline elites.
Lawyer Masoud Shafie said he was seeking a signature from the judge to secure their freedom.
"We have to wait until Tuesday when the judge will be back, so that he can sign the documents," Shafie told Reuters.
He said last week the men would be released on $500,000 bail each. A third American, Sarah Shourd, was arrested with the men but was allowed home on $500,000 bail in September 2010.
Shourd's release was similarly delayed for several days by the judiciary after it had been announced.
Washington has denied the three Americans were spies and their supporters complain that no evidence against them has been made public. Their trial took place behind closed doors.
Ahmadinejad's announcement, to U.S. media, that the men would be freed was seen by analysts as a bid to improve his international standing ahead of the U.N. General Assembly meeting which starts on Wednesday.
Neighbouring Iraq said it has helped to mediate the release.
"I predict that before the visit of Dr. Ahmadinejad to New York, they will be freed," Nazem Dabbagh, the Iraqi envoy to Iran, told Reuters TV.
"Maybe (the timing of the release) is because Iran wants to show its good will while he is there, and for news to be hot and to be announced as the conference is taking place."
The Iraqi envoy said the detainees were expected to be handed over to the Swiss embassy in Iran, which represents U.S. interests in Tehran.
(Reporting by Sanam Shantyaei; Writing by Ramin Mostafavi; Editing by Rosalind Russell)
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Social Stream (What's this?)
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Advertise With Us
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.