According to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two remaining hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, recently sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison, will be released once a $500,000 bail is posted for each of them.
It's blood money, of course. But none concerned care at this point. it's blood money all concerned are quite prepared to pay if that's what gets the two home. The Swiss government, which represents the United States in Iran as Iran has no American embassy- stepped in and fronted the money when the third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was given the same bail. No word on if they'll do so again, though there's no word that they won't, either.
Hopefully this will all be over soon.