Sarah Shourd - one of three Americans held in Iran for more than a year on suspicion of spying - left the country on Tuesday after she was released on $500,000 bail. Jon Decker reports.
Sarah Shourd - one of three Americans held in Iran for more than a year on suspicion of spying - left the country on Tuesday after she was released on $500,000 bail.
Upon her release, Shourd spoke with local television.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FREED U.S. DETAINEE SARAH SHOURD, SAYING:
"I feel grateful and it's a huge relief for me and I'd like to thank every country -- every official and individual that's involved in this process. I know how much effort has gone into this and I'm extremely grateful."
Hours later, Shourd was reunited with her parents in Oman.
In Washington, State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley thanked those involved in securing Shourd's release from prison.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) P.J. CROWLEY, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, SAYING:
"We are grateful for the efforts of Swiss, Omani and other diplomats who have worked diligently over many months to help us reach this point. The release of Sarah Shourd demonstrates that Iranian authorities have the ability to resolve these cases if they choose. Iranian authorities made the decision to release Sarah Shourd. We hope that they will make the same decision regarding Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer as soon as possible."
The case of the three Americans has further complicated relations between Tehran and Washington -- which was already fraught over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
There is no word on the fate of the two hikers remaining in an Iranian prison.
Jon Decker, Reuters.