Shane Bauer (L) and Joshua Fattal, the two US nationals convicted of illegal entry and espionage in Iran
Iran will release the two US nationals convicted of illegal entry and espionage in the country on a bail of USD 500,000, their lawyer Masoud Shafiee says.
“The families of the two Americans [Shane Michael Bauer and Joshua Felix Fattal] and the Swiss embassy, as the representative of US interests in Tehran, were informed of this matter today,” Fars News Agency quoted Shafiee as saying on Tuesday.
Bauer, Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested on Iranian territory in July 2009 after illegally crossing the border from the mountains of northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.
The three were charged with espionage after Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi found "compelling evidence" that the three US citizens had actually been cooperating with US intelligence agencies.
Iran released Shourd on a bail of USD 500,000 in September 2010, 14 months after her arrest. The decision was made based on humanitarian grounds.
In August, Iran sentenced Bauer and Fattal to eight years in prison
“Bauer and Fattal, like Sarah Shourd, can leave the country on a bail of USD 500,000,” Shafiee added.