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Bauer, Fattal’s Lawyer Still Waiting For Possible Release

Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 11:58 am

The lawyer for the two Americans jailed in Iran says he has been unable to obtain the second, key signature on bail arrangements for a possible release of his clients, convicted of spying.

Masoud Shafiei says he couldn’t complete the paperwork on Sunday on the $1 million bail deal for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal because the second judge who was supposed to sign the documents is on vacation until Tuesday.

One judge signed the documents Saturday but two judges have to sign before the bail can be posted.

Shafiei tells the AP that he has “no choice but to wait.”

Bauer and Fattal were sentenced last month each to eight years in prison. They deny the spying charges, but say they may have mistakenly crossed into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq. Many experts believed the release could be timed with the appearance by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations to start the week. It appears some within Iran’s Government didn’t want to give Ahmadinejad the luxury of appearing as if he negotiated the release. Nevertheless, Bauer and Fattal remain imprisoned.

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