TEHRAN, Sept 14 Two US nationals arrested while
hiking in Iran and convicted of spying will not be released
imminently, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had announced, a
judiciary official said on Wednesday.
"The two Americans are going to stay in prison for a bit
longer. Reports of their imminent release are wrong," Iran's
English-language Press TV quoted a judiciary official as saying.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced in Iran last month
to eight years in prison. Ahmadinejad told U.S. media that they
would be freed "in a couple of days", in what he called a
humanitarian gesture shortly before he travels to the United
Nations in New York.
(Reportingh by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Kevin Liffey)