Lawyer: Iran judge won't release US "hikers" before Tuesday

September 18, 2011 18:48

TEHRAN - The lawyer for two US men convicted of spying in Iran said on Sunday their release could be delayed until Tuesday as the judge in the case was on vacation.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a US television interviewer last week that Shane Bauer, 28, and Josh Fattal, 29, would be freed in coming days in a humanitarian gesture ahead of his trip to the United Nations in New York.

The Gulf State of Oman has sent a plane to Iran to pick up the Americans, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.

The men were arrested on the border with Iraq in 2009 where they said they were hiking. They were found guilty of illegal entry and espionage and were sentenced last month to eight years in prison.

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