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Iran grants bail to US woman accused of spying

Sarah Shourd embraces her mother on a visit granted by the Iranian authorities earlier this year.
Sarah Shourd embraces her mother on a visit granted by the Iranian authorities earlier this year. Reuters/Raheb Homavandi

US hiker Sarah Shourd is to be released on bail from the prison in Iran where she has been detained for more than a year, a senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Shourd has been granted bail for health reasons, according to Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi.

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Her bail has been set at five billion Iranian rials, around 390,000 euros.

She will be released as soon as the bond is paid, according to her lawyer Masoud Shafii.

According to Shourd's mother Nora, Sarah was being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

She has reported multiple health problems, including a pre-cancerous cervical condition, a lump in her breast and depression.

The decision to release her was made after judges received confirmation of her ill health, Dolatabadi said.

Shourd was arrested with fellow Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in July 2009 after crossing the Iranian border from Iraq.

Iranian authorities have accused the three of spying. But they insist they entered the country by mistake after getting lost during a trek.

Judges extended Bauer and Fattal's detention by another two months in a court hearing on Sunday, Masoud Shafii said, which they plan to contest.

No trial date has yet been set for any of the three Americans.

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