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Sep 17, 2011 8:25 AM by Kirsten Bennett

Iran lawyer for jailed Americans files bail papers

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The defense attorney for two jailed Americans in Iran says he is moving ahead with bail arrangements in exchange for a possible release of U.S. hikers, convicted of spying.

Masoud Shafiei says he is in court on Saturday, "following up the case" of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

Shafiei says he hopes Iran's judiciary will clear the way for payment of $1 million in exchange for the Americans' release.

Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009 with their friend Sarah Shourd. She was released last September with mediation by Oman after $500,000 was paid. They maintain their innocence.

Mediators from Iraq and Oman have asked Iran to release the men. A plane from the Gulf state is in Tehran to carry the pair out of Iran if a bail-for-freedom deal is reached.

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