September 14, 2011
American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown here in Tehran, Iran. An Iranian court on Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for the two men.
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The proposed bail-for-freedom deal for two Americans jailed as spies looked increasingly Wednesday like a repeat of last year’s release of their companion: Quarrels between Iran’s judiciary and president, and then a private jet dispatched by the sultan of Oman for the captives’ first leg home.