Two Americans who’ve been jailed in Iran since 2009 could be released this week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC’s Ann Curry in an interview that aired Tuesday.Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 29, who were arrested while hiking in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border and charged with espionage, may be let out “in a few days,” Ahmadinejad said, calling their release “a humanitarian gesture.” The pair were sentenced to 8 years in prison last month.
In return, Ahmadinejad called for the discharge of Iranians who’re being held in American prisons.
An attorney for Bauer and Fattal said they’d be released in exchange for bail payment of $500,000 each, consistent with reports.
Bauer’s fiancée, Sarah Shourd, who was also arrested with Bauer and Fattal, was released in September 2010 and returned to the United States.
The trio have said they mistakenly wandered over the border after being waved over by a soldier.