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Reports: Iran Releases 2 Jailed American Hikers

TEHRAN - The lawyer for two Americans jailed as spies in Iran says a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal has been approved by the courts, clearing the way for the release of the men after more than two years in custody.

The Iranian attorney for the two, Masoud Shafiei, said he planned to go to Tehran's Evin prison to begin the procedure for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29.

"The case is over," Shafiei said. "The court has ordered that they be freed on bail."

Earlier, Shafiei told Reuters that he had obtained the "necessary signatures from judiciary officials for their release."

At 6:15 a.m. ET, Reuters reported that a Swiss Embassy convoy had been spotted at the prison where the men were being held.

The Swiss diplomatic mission has represented U.S. interests in Iran since Washington cut off diplomatic relations with Tehran shortly after its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

State-run Press TV reported that Iran's judiciary confirmed that Bauer and Fattal had been released.

Bauer and Fattal were arrested along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009 and sentenced last month to eight years each in prison. A third American in the group, Sarah Shourd, was freed last year on bail.

The case has deepened the mistrust between Washington and Tehran.

Ahead of his annual trip to the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC's TODAY last week that Bauer and Fattal would be freed "in a couple of days" as a humanitarian gesture. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM MSNBC.COM

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