Sarah Shourd Leaves Middle East, But Two Men Remain Imprisoned in Iran


"We profoundly share in the joy of the Shourd family and we want nothing more than to have that for our families as well,"  said Shane Fattal's brother Alex.  "It's really heartbreaking the fact that Josh and Shane are still not home."

Tehran's prosecutor offered little hope for the two jailed hikers, saying they will now be tried for spying.  Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who was held in the same prison last year, said Shourd likely left Iran with her own chilling warning.

"They tell you what you should do, what you should say, what you shouldn't say," Bahari said.  "The revolutionary guards, they have agents all around the world and they can always harm you."

President Obama Asks Iran to Release Two More Hikers

President Obama said he was "very pleased" by Shourd's release, and called for the release of the other two hikers in a statement, saying they "have committed no crime."

"We remain hopeful that Iran will demonstrate renewed compassion by ensuring the return of Shane, Josh and all the other missing or detained Americans in Iran," Obama said.

The State Department said that the willingness to release Shourd proved Iran's ability to "resolve" all the hikers' cases.

Iranian officials, including Ahmadinejad, had announced last week that Shourd would be released on Sept. 11.

Officials in Iran's judiciary canceled Shourd's release last Friday, but reversed themselves on the condition that her family post $500,000 bail, according to an Iranian prosecutor who spoke to Iran's IRNA news agency.

A "bank guarantee" for the bail had been given, Shafie told ABC News.

"The case inspector informed the Tehran prosecutor of a bank guarantee concerning the posting of bail and after the prosecutor's agreement, he issued the order for her freedom," the prosecutor's website said, according to PressTV Iran.

The report did not say who was responsible for the guarantee, but two U.S. officials told ABC News Iran had received "assurances" from the country of Oman concerning the bail money.

A senior U.S. official familiar with the negotiations told ABC News Monday that the U.S. government would not be contributing any cash for Shourd's release.

Lawyer: Shourd's Health is 'Very Weak'

Shourd faces trial for allegedly illegally crossing Iran's border, according to Iranian prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi.

"I think it's irrelevant whether they actually believe they have a case or not," Rudi Bakhtiar of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran told "Good Morning America" Monday. "I think what's important is they are going to push that case... It would make them seem weak if they turn around and say, at this point, 'Hey, we've been mistaken.'"

Shourd's release was inspired at least in part by her deteriorating health, a condition Shafie said he made clear to Iranian officials days before her release was first announced.

"I gave a letter to Tehran investigators, and I warned [them] about Sarah's situation, and that her health is very weak. They can hold them for up to a year for the investigation, but not more than a year if they haven't been given a proper trial," Shafie told ABC News through a translator last week.

On Aug. 10, the mothers of the hikers made another open plea to Iran's leaders, invoking the sacred time of Ramadan and Shourd's "serious medical condition."

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