Iran to Release 1 Jailed Hiker

Trio has been imprisoned for more than a year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2010 10:39 AM CDT
This combination of undated file photos released by shows, from left; Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd.   (AP Photo/, File)
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(Newser) – One of the three Americans jailed for more than a year will be released Saturday to mark the end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan, says Iran's Culture Ministry. Reporters were told by text message today to come to the same hotel where the Americans' parents were allowed to meet them recently to witness the 9am release. No word yet on whether Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, or Josh Fattal will be released.

It is common in the Islamic world to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday by showing clemency and releasing prisoners. The head of the foreign media office at the ministry confirmed that he had sent the message summoning reports to the hotel.

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