Family of jailed American in Iran fights bail

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 13, 2010 23:24

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

TEHERAN, Iran – The family of an American woman detained in Iran for more than a year is appealing to authorities to drop a $500,000 bail for her release because they cannot afford it, her lawyer said Monday.

Masoud Shafiei told The Associated Press that Swiss diplomats acting on behalf of the US are asking that the bail be dropped or lowered for 32-year-old Sarah Shourd. Switzerland handles US affairs in Iran because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

"I am aware the Swiss are making this appeal," the lawyer said. "I remain hopeful. God willing, she will be released."

In Washington, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the Obama administration is in close contact with the families of the detained hikers and the Swiss Embassy.

"The situation is continuing to develop," Vietor said. "We remain hopeful for a positive outcome."

Shafiei said he had no word on Iran's response and gave no indication whether he thinks the bail appeals will delay or further complicate Shourd's release.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 23, 2018
IDF to carry out pre-planned military exercise near Gaza border

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF