Iran to free 1 of 3 American hikers to mark Ramadan’s end

(Update, Sept. 11, 9:45 p.m.:  Unfortunately, the release has been postponed.) One of the three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year is going to be released at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, to mark the end of Ramadan, a time when clemency is shown and prisoners are freed. It’s not ...

Photos, top to bottom: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images, TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Photos, top to bottom: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images, TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Photos, top to bottom: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images, TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

(Update, Sept. 11, 9:45 p.m.:  Unfortunately, the release has been postponed.)

One of the three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year is going to be released at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, to mark the end of Ramadan, a time when clemency is shown and prisoners are freed. It's not yet known which of the three will be released, though it could perhaps be Sarah Shourd (seen above), who has told her mother that she is suffering from medical problems. Plus, during the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, women were among the first released.

The Associated Press reports that Iran's Culture Ministry sent a text-message to reporters announcing the release. Referring to Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, it said:

(Update, Sept. 11, 9:45 p.m.:  Unfortunately, the release has been postponed.)

One of the three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year is going to be released at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, to mark the end of Ramadan, a time when clemency is shown and prisoners are freed. It’s not yet known which of the three will be released, though it could perhaps be Sarah Shourd (seen above), who has told her mother that she is suffering from medical problems. Plus, during the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, women were among the first released.

The Associated Press reports that Iran’s Culture Ministry sent a text-message to reporters announcing the release. Referring to Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, it said:

Offering congratulations on Eid al-Fitr. The release of one of the detained Americans will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Estaghlal hotel. 

On July 30, the day before her daughter’s wedding, Secretary Clinton encouraged Iran to “do the right thing” and release all three hikers. Let’s hope that Iran truly does the right thing and releases all three. Their mothers, as seen below on July 30, will be so relieved.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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