The Gulf state of Oman dispatched a private plane to Iran Wednesday amid efforts toward a bail-for-freedom deal for two Americans jailed for spying — in a possible replay of the diplomatic exchange that freed a third member of the group last year.
A bail offer for two Americans convicted of spying is still under review, Iran’s powerful judiciary said Wednesday in a potentially embarrassing rejection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s prediction that their release could be in a matter of days.
Iran’s president predicted Tuesday that two Americans arrested while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border and sentenced to eight years in jail on espionage-related charges could be freed “in a couple of days” after a court set bail of $500,000 each.
The families of two Americans imprisoned in Iran say the news that the men have been sentenced to eight-year terms has hit them hard.
The announcement appeared to dash hopes for the imminent release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal after Iran’s foreign minister suggested earlier this month that the trial could clear the way for their freedom.
Iran’s ambassador to Iraq said Thursday he expects two Americans who have been charged with espionage and held in Tehran for more than two years will be released “very soon.”
The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage said Sunday the court will announce its verdict within a week, dashing hopes for their immediate release after a final hearing in the case.
While an Iranian court considers the fate of two American hikers who have been imprisoned there for two years, the families of the hikers say they are praying for compassion.
The families of two Americans imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years say they’re counting on a court hearing Sunday to end their ordeal at last.
A trial is scheduled for July 31 for two American hikers imprisoned in Iran and one family member is cautiously optimistic about it, after previous trials were canceled.
Iranian authorities will hold a hearing next month in the case of three American hikers who have been charged with espionage, their lawyer said Tuesday.
The families of the two American hikers imprisoned in Iran are planning a rally in Minnesota next month, the home state for one of the men.
Iran expects to make a final decision in the case of three Americans charged with espionage by late August, Iran’s official news agency said Tuesday. Two of the three have been in Iranian custody since 2009.
Two American hikers held captive in Iran have called home for only the third time since their arrest nearly two years ago.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar plans to visit the Minnesota mother of one of the two American hikers held in Iran for nearly two years.