Two American hikers held for over two years in Iran were in the process of being released on Wednesday, Iran's state media reported.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were handed over to an Omani official, CNN reported. Swiss and Omani diplomatic vehicles had been waiting for them outside Tehran's Evin prison Wednesday as their release paperwork was being processed, the BBC reported. See the Associated Press video below reportedly showing the Swiss ambassador's convoy driving Bauer and Fattal from the prison grounds.
The Iranian Judiciary "has confirmed the release of two U.S. nationals, who had been convicted of illegal entry and espionage in Iran, on bail," Iranian State TV reported, according to USA Today.
Earlier Wednesday, the two men's Iranian defense lawyer said the paperwork for their release was being processed but he had not yet seen them. "Maybe five minutes, maybe three hours. I have done my job," Masoud Shafiee told journalists Wednesday, Reuters reported. (See the AP video report on their lawyer's comments below the jump).Read More »from U.S. hikers’ release underway in Iran