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Iranian Court Reviews Plan To Offer Hikers Bail

Sep 14, 2011
Originally published on September 14, 2011 6:09 am
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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

We're also tracking a country that is now 32 years beyond its revolution. Iran's government remains deeply opaque. It is hard to know whose word really counts.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

Yesterday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered good news. He told NBC that Iran would soon release two American hikers convicted on espionage charges. A lawyer for the hikers also said an appeals court would release them on bail.

INSKEEP: But now Iran's judiciary has said to slow down. Judges say they are still reviewing the plan to offer bail. That serves as a very public reminder that President Ahmadinejad has no power over the courts, which are overseen, instead, by the ruling clerics. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.