The two American hikers held by the Iranian government for the last two years have finally been released. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were captured along with Sarah Shourd while hiking in Iraq's Kurdish region. The Iranian government arrested all three and claimed the three hikers crossed into Iran illegally and were also charged with espionage upon arrest.
Shourd was released last year on $500,000 bail. The two male hikers were taken to trial and sentenced to eight years in prison. In the name of Islamic mercy, Iran released Fattal and Bauer this week, both out on $500,000 bail. The process of getting them released was not an easy one. A judge on the case took vacation during a critical part in their road to release, and the men were forced to wait for him to return before their release papers could be signed.
Fattal and Bauer were flown out of Iran and into Oman's capital, Muscat where their families were awaiting their arrival. The men flew out of Oman and arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York around 11a.m. this morning, finally back in their home country after so long. Bauer must be looking forward to seeing Shourd and marrying her as soon as possible. He proposed to her while they were imprisoned in Iran.
This is a big welcome home for the two hikers and hopefully their release will ease tension between the United States and Iran.