Iran Releases US Hikers: Report
State TV confirms release of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 6:12 AM CDT
Updated Sep 21, 2011 7:53 AM CDT
In this May 21, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown in Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

(Newser) – After being jailed for more than two years, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal walked out of Evin prison free men this morning, confirms Iranian state television. Their lawyer had said earlier that they would be released within hours, after a vacationing judge returned and the second signature needed to free them on $1 million bail was secured. In a statement quoted on a semi-official Iranian news agency, the country’s judiciary confirmed the bail request had been “accepted,” reports the Washington Post.