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Iran releases female US national
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:3PM
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Shourd has been released on a bail of $500,000.
Iran has released American national Sarah Shourd on a bail of $500,000, 14 months after she was arrested with two other Americans for illegally entering the country.

The Tehran prosecutor announced on Tuesday that Shourd, 31, was handed over to officials at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran which represents US interests.

"The case inspector informed the Tehran prosecutor of a bank guarantee concerning the posting of bail and after the prosecutor's agreement, he issued the order for her freedom," the prosecutor's website said.

Shourd's lawyer, Masoud Shafiee, confirmed her release from Tehran's Evin prison.

"There is nothing to prevent my client from leaving Iran," he told ISNA.

AFP quoted Swiss ambassador in Tehran, Livia Leu, as saying that Shourd left Iran for Oman after her release.

Shourd, 31, Shane Michael Bauer and Joshua Felix Fattal, both 27, were arrested in July 2009 after illegally crossing the border from the mountains of Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The three Americans were charged with espionage after the Tehran prosecutor found “compelling evidence” that the trio had been cooperating with US intelligence agencies.

The decision comes after the Islamic Republic earlier called off the release of Shourd over unresolved legal issues.

Bauer and Fattal will remain in jail and the trio will have to stand trial for espionage.

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