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Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail

Gulf state Oman paid $1m bail to free US pair arrested while hiking near the Iraq border in 2009

Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
American hiker Josh Fattal (C) is hugged by his brother, alongside his mother and father after stepping off an Omani Royal Air Force plane on September 21, 2011 in Muscat, Oman, after Tehran released Shane Bauer and Fattal on bail, months after handing them hefty jail terms (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
The pair was released earlier September 21, 2011 from Tehran's notorious Evin prison, after more than two years in jail for spying and illegal entry into Iran, after the Gulf sultanate of Oman paid their bail (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
Bauer and Fattal were arrested along with Sarah Shourd near the mountainous border with Iraq on July 31, 2009 (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
American hiker Josh Fattal (C) is greeted on September 21, 2011 in Muscat, Oman, after Tehran released him and Shane Bauer (out of frame) on bail (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
American hikers Shane Bauer (L) and Josh Fattal hold a press conference after stepping off an Omani Royal Air Force plane on September 21, 2011 in Muscat, Oman (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
All three have consistently maintained they innocently strayed into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
Family and friends await the arrival of American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal (both out of frame) on September 21, 2011 in Muscat, Oman, after Tehran released them on bail (AFP/Getty Images)
Two US hikers convicted of espionage leave Iran on bail
Shourd was released last year on humanitarian and medical grounds (AFP/Getty Images)