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US hiker flies out of Iran

The American woman released by Iran on Tuesday after more than a year in prison has boarded a flight to the Gulf sultanate of Oman, where she was met by her mother.

This content was published on September 14, 2010 - 20:53
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Earlier in the day Sarah Shourd was handed over to the Swiss embassy, which represents Washington’s interests in Tehran, after the payment of a $500,000 (SFr501,000) bail, according to Iranian judiciary officials.

A prosecutor in Tehran on Sunday announced Shourd would be granted bail on health grounds and be allowed to leave the country.

The 31-year-old woman had been in prison since July 2009 after being arrested with two American friends on spy-related charges, while they were hiking in northern Iraq.

Washington denies the charges.

However, the two American men will remain in jail to stand trial, according to Iranian officials.

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