Journalists to be released by Iran

2011-02-19 14:38

The two German journalists detained in Iran are to be released in exchange for a 500-million rial (nearly R350 000) fine, the Isna news agency reported.

Although it did not immediately confirm the impending release, the German Foreign Ministry said efforts were being made to bring the journalists home “as soon as possible”.

The reporter and photographer from Bild am Sonntag newspaper have been in custody since October 10, after entering the country on tourist visas and seeking to interview the son and lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who was previously jailed on charges of adultery and involvement in the murder of her husband.

The men’s relatives and German officials had repeatedly asked the Iranian government to release them.

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