Ruling clears way for Germans' release in Iran

February 19, 2011 16:58

TEHRAN, Iran   — Iranian state TV said Saturday that two German journalists arrested after interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning have been fined $50,000 each, clearing the way for their release.

They were found guilty of committing acts against Iran's national security. The court ruling means the journalists can leave Iran after paying the cash fine.

The Germans, who have not been identified, have been held since October. They were detained after interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to be stoned on an adultery conviction. Her case has sparked international outrage because of the brutality of the punishment.

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