Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were freed today and left Tehran’s Evin prison in custody of the Swiss and Omani Ambassadors in Tehran. They are on their way to the airport to board a private jet sent by the Sultan of Oman taking them to Muscat.
Bauer and Fattal had been convicted on charges of espionage and illegal entry into Iran and were sentenced last month to eight years in prison. They maintained their innocence throughout their detention, saying they were hiking in the mountainous Kurdish area of Iraq when inadvertently crossed the unmarked border with Iran.
Bauer, 28, and Fattal, 29, were arrested on 31 July 2009, along with a third American, Sarah Shourd. She was allowed home on bail in September 2010.