Hiker Sarah Shroud has been freed after 13 grueling months of detention in Iran, including several days where her family was uncertain if the 32-year-old would be allowed to leave the country. Her mother and family are overjoyed. Her mom been saying that Shroud needs medical attention for two serious problems, treatment that had been denied by her Iranian jailers.
It’s not all good news, though. Shroud’s fiance, Shane Bauer (they got engaged while being detained), is still being held on espionage charges, along with friend Josh Fatal. Their moms have been agitating for their release as well, but Shroud was chosen to go first because of her pressing medical issues.
Her mom said she has a lump in her breast and precancerous cervical cells. Her captors have known about this for months but refused treatment. Then a few days ago Iranian officials indicated that Shroud would be released as a gesture of goodwill at the close of Ramadan.
That, however, was killed by political infighting. This morning Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi cited Shourd’s medical problems in a statement detailing her release on $500,000 bail.
The Iranian government detained the hikers in July 2009, claiming they illegally crossed the border with Iraq and accusing them of spying.