Washington: The United States is "hopeful"
Iran is set to release one of three American hikers, a top
White House official said on Sunday, while cautioning there had
been false starts before.
Sarah Shourd`s imminent release was first announced on
Thursday, but those hopes were dashed yesterday when a Tehran
prosecutor said the case was not yet resolved and she must
remain in detention.
The prosecutor relented today and granted Shourd bail on
health grounds on a surety of about USD 500,000. Shourd`s
lawyer Masoud Shafii said it was "possible" she would be freed
"Obviously we`re hopeful and encouraged by this news but
there have been starts and stops in this before and until that
actually happens, you know, we`re on a wait-and-see basis,"
White House advisor David Axelrod told NBC.
Shourd`s mother Nora told AFP last month her daughter was
being held in solitary confinement despite suffering from a
pre-cancerous cervical condition, a lump in her breast and
Shourd, 32, was arrested with fellow hikers Shane Bauer
and Josh Fattal on July 31, 2009 after straying across the
border from neighbouring Iraq.