Amnesty International hailed the release of two US hikers who had been held in prison in Iran since 2009 as a "long overdue development," a statement from the organization said.
According to Amnesty, “All available evidence strongly suggests that the Iranian authorities have known all along that these men were not spies and should have been released."
The statement said the two must be allowed to leave Iran now, and "promptly be reunited with their families."
The statement also noted that a "17-year old convicted of killing an athlete was publicly hanged in the city of Karaj, near Tehran" on the same say as the hikers' release, a "gross breach of international law."
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