Ahmadinejad says Iran to free U.S. men jailed as spies

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 5:33 AM
Ahmadinejad says Iran to free U.S. men jailed as spies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two American men sentenced in Iran last month to eight years in prison on spying charges will be freed in two days, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told a U.S. television network.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July 2009 near Iran's border with Iraq, where they say they were hiking in the mountains. A third American, Sarah Shourd, was freed in September 2010 and returned home.

The U.S. network NBC, which interviewed Ahmadinejad in Iran, said in a Twitter message that the Iranian president said Bauer and Fattal would be released in two days. The interview was due to air later on Tuesday on NBC's Today show.