Iran's President Intervened in American's Release

September 10, 2010 - 9:47 AM
The 31-year-old Sarah Shourd has been held in solitary confinement, and her mother says she's been denied treatment for serious health problems.

mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (AP Photo)

Tehran, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency says Saturday's planned released of one of three Americans jailed for more than a year is a result of intervention by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Sarah Shourd and two friends were arrested along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009, and Iran has accused them of illegal border crossing and spying. Their families say they were hiking in Iraq's scenic north and that if they crossed the border, they did so unwittingly.

Iran's Mehr news agency on Friday quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying the president intervened in part because of the "special viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the dignity of women."

The 31-year-old Shourd has been held in solitary confinement, and her mother says she's been denied treatment for serious health problems.