NEW YORK,(Reuters) - Two U.S. citizens sentenced
in Iran to eight years in jail for spying arrived in New York
Sunday accompanied by family four days after being released
by Iranian authorities.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal made the last leg of their
journey home from Oman, where they flew after officials there
helped secure their release by posting $1 million bail.
A fellow passenger confirmed to Reuters TV the two were on
board a plane that arrived from London. New York authorities
said they would leave the airport from an exit closed to
In the Philadelphia-area home of Fattal's family, neighbors
hung a big blue "Welcome Home" banner and posted other
homecoming messages in potted flowers. It wasn't clear if or
when Fattal might arrive there.
Bauer and Fattal were arrested in July 2009 near Iran's
border with Iraq along with a third American, Sarah Shourd, who
was freed last year on medical grounds.
The trio, in their late 20s and early 30s, said they were
hiking and denied being spies.
Shourd, who is Bauer's fiancee, was released on $500,000
bail a year ago and allowed to fly home, but the two men were
sentenced to eight years in prison last month after a trial
behind closed doors.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed to their
release last week as the U.N. General Assembly gathered in New
York, saying it was a humanitarian gesture.
(Additional reporting by Dave Warner in Philadelphia; Writing
by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Jerry Norton)
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