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Sep 18, 2011 11:52 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Jailed Americans in Iran back in court

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran says he is waiting for a second, key signature on bail arrangements for a possible release of his clients, convicted of spying.

Masoud Shafiei says he is back in court on Sunday, trying to complete the paperwork on the $1 million bail deal for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

The two were sentenced last month each to eight years in prison.

Shafiei says one judge signed the documents on Saturday but a second judge has to sign before the bail can be posted. No timeframe was set for the pair's release.

Iran's foreign minister said Saturday the courts are willing to cancel the Americans' sentences in the "near future."

Bauer and Fattal say they may have mistakenly crossed into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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