Lawyer continues to work toward bail for 2 Americans held in Iran

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The lawyer for two Americans held in Iran says he's moving ahead with the bail arrangements for them with Swiss Embassy officials. Those officials represent U.S. interests in Iran because there are no diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.

There's no word on where the money is coming from.

Yesterday, the attorney said the court handling the case had set bail of $500,000 each for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. And Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told NBC that they could be released within days as a "humanitarian" gesture.

But today, Iran's powerful judiciary said it was still reviewing the bail provisions.

Despite the snag, the Gulf state of Oman has sent a private plane to Tehran -- suggesting some movement on the case. Oman last year sent a plane that brought Sarah Shourd out of Iran.

She had been arrested with the other two Americans along the Iran-Iraq border in 2009. They said they had been hiking, but Bauer and Fattal were sentenced last month on spying charges.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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