The defence lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran moved ahead with bail arrangements today, as international efforts intensified to seal a freedom-for-bail deal for the two men, convicted of spying.
Attorney Masoud Shafiei told The Associated Press he was in court, "following up the case" of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Shafiei said he hopes Iran's judiciary will clear the way for payment of $1 million (£600,000) in exchange for the Americans' release.
Bauer and Fattal were detained along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009 with their friend Sarah Shourd. She was released last September with mediation by Oman after $500,000 (£300,000) was paid. They maintain their innocence.
The first word of the bail offer for Bauer and Fattal, who have been in jail more than two years, came earlier this week from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said the Americans could be freed in a matter of days. But Iran's powerful judiciary then responded that the bail provisions were still under review.
The mixed signals could reflect the bitter internal political feuds inside Iran between Ahmadinejad and the country's ruling clerics, who control the courts. Ahmadinejad and his allies are accused of trying to challenge the power of Iran's Islamic establishment. More Here!