Iran’s President Says He Will Grant ‘Unilateral Pardon’ to Jailed US Hikers
Posted Sep 13, 2011 5:28 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says two American hikers jailed for two years on espionage charges will be released as part of a “humanitarian gesture.”
Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post he will grant a “unilateral pardon” to hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. The men were hiking in Iraq when they crossed the Iran border in July 2009 along with another hiker, Sarah Shourd. She was released in September. The Americans denied they were spying.
Ahmadinejad told NBC News that the Americans will be released in two days.