The three Americans who were stopped by Iran on spying charges (Reuters)
Iran revealed the interference of a number of global leaders to mediate in the release on bail for American Josh Fattal and Shane Power, who were detained with charges of espionage.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday, "was released to show our respect for the mediation efforts of a number of world leaders, including the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Sultan Qaboos of Oman, and a number ofreligious officials, who asked all of their release. "
The statement described the heads of the three countries as "the leaders of friendly countries," noting that the release of the Americans came "after the trial court."
For its part, announced that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has played an influential role behind the scenes to achieve the release of Americans who were detained in Iran in 2009.
Temir Porras, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Venezuela that Chavez raised the issue with the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "Having known the plight of Americans through friends in the intellectual circles of America."
He added that Chavez "speaks regularly with Ahmadinejad, and asked to do so when the opportunity arose as a gesture of humanity and brotherhood," and added that the Fattal and Power, "They were in the unfortunate position Oqahma was overtaken in the geopolitical tensions."
The Iranian revolutionary court sentenced each of the Bauer and Fattal on August 21 / August last eight years in prison on charges of espionage and entering the country illegally, a ruling Astanfah. The Sultanate of Oman paid bail for the release of the Americans and $ 400 thousand dollars each.
The Sarah Shourd that stopped with her two colleagues on the Iranian border in 2009 and released on bail of 500 thousand dollars in September / October 2010 for health reasons, had left Tehran on a plane sent by the Sultanate of Oman, which also pushed the guarantee.
He insisted the three of their innocence from the outset and that they have entered Iranian territory by mistake while on a trip in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.