American hostages in Iran waiting for return of vacationing judge

The deal is signed, sealed, and delivered to finally release the two American hikers who have been held hostage by Iran for two years.

But there's a snag; one of the judge's that has to sign off on the deal is on vacation until Tuesday. Fox News:

The lawyer trying to get two American hikers freed from prison in Iran was not able to get a signature on bail paperwork because a judge is on vacation until Tuesday, he told CNN Sunday.

Bail has been paid for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, lawyer Masoud Shafiee said, but he needs the signatures of two judges to prove it.

He went to a judge's office Sunday, when he was in court on a separate case, to see if he could get the second signature, but was told that the judge is on vacation until Tuesday and that Shafiee will have to return then, the lawyer said.

Separately, a delegation of American Muslim and Christian leaders asked Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to release the hikers, his office said Sunday.

The four leaders who met with him in Tehran included Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a photo of the meeting showed.

Fattal and Bauer have been held as spies for more than two years, after they apparently crossed an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq in July 2009.

The bail - a cool $1 million - is nothing less than ransom.

I propose we revive a fine old tradition in statecraft. If a nation like Iran seizes two of our citizens, we choose two of theirs at random and put them in jail as well. A hostage is a hostage, no matter how you slice it and try to spin it.





The deal is signed, sealed, and delivered to finally release the two American hikers who have been held hostage by Iran for two years.

But there's a snag; one of the judge's that has to sign off on the deal is on vacation until Tuesday. Fox News:

The lawyer trying to get two American hikers freed from prison in Iran was not able to get a signature on bail paperwork because a judge is on vacation until Tuesday, he told CNN Sunday.

Bail has been paid for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, lawyer Masoud Shafiee said, but he needs the signatures of two judges to prove it.

He went to a judge's office Sunday, when he was in court on a separate case, to see if he could get the second signature, but was told that the judge is on vacation until Tuesday and that Shafiee will have to return then, the lawyer said.

Separately, a delegation of American Muslim and Christian leaders asked Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to release the hikers, his office said Sunday.

The four leaders who met with him in Tehran included Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a photo of the meeting showed.

Fattal and Bauer have been held as spies for more than two years, after they apparently crossed an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq in July 2009.

The bail - a cool $1 million - is nothing less than ransom.

I propose we revive a fine old tradition in statecraft. If a nation like Iran seizes two of our citizens, we choose two of theirs at random and put them in jail as well. A hostage is a hostage, no matter how you slice it and try to spin it.





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