Family Appeals High Bail Set For Shourd, American Hiker Detained In Iran
The lawyer for American woman Sarah Shourd, who remains detained in Iran, is now saying her family is appealing to authorities to drop a demand for $500,000 bail in exchange for her release because it cannot afford the amount.
The Associated Press reports that Swiss diplomats, who handle U.S. affairs in Iran, are asking that the bail be dropped or lowered for Shourd, who has ties to the Pine County area. Apparently the family of the 32-year-old woman is facing difficulty raising the money.
No word yet as of Monday (Sept. 13) on Iran’s response. This is all coming about a week after Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had promised to release the woman, who has reportedly been dealing with health issues. The AP reports Ahmadinejad’s promise of release has stirred political infighting in the country.
Iran’s judiciary granted the $500,000 bail on health grounds on Sunday, Sept. 12. Shourd was hiking in the mountain region near the Iraq/Iran border when she was detained in July 2009 along with two American friends, Shane Bauer (also of the Pine County area) and Josh Fattal. All three remain jailed in Tehran, but officials here in the US remain hopeful that Shourd will be released this week.