This Just In: Iran to Release One of the Detained American Hikers
This is good news and hopefully the other two will be soon to follow:
Iran said it will free one of three Americans jailed for more than a year on Saturday in a clemency to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The Culture Ministry sent a text message to reporters telling them to come to a Tehran hotel to witness the release. It is the same hotel where the three were allowed the only meeting with their mothers since they were detained in July 2009.
“Offering congratulations on Eid al-Fitr,” the message said referring to the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. “The release of one of the detained Americans will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Estaghlal hotel.” It is common in the Islamic world to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday by showing clemency and releasing prisoners.
Iran has not said which one of the Americans would be released. But Sarah Shourd, 31, has told her mother she has serious medical problems.
Nora Shourd said her daughter told her in a telephone call in August that prison officials have denied her requests for medical treatment. The mother said they talked about her daughter’s medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells, and her solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison…