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'Iran to release two detained Germans'

world Updated: Feb 19, 2011 19:29 IST

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Iran will soon release two Germans arrested in October after converting their sentence to fines, the students news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying on Saturday.

"Their jail sentences have been changed to $50,000 cash payments for each ... They will be released after that," ISNA quoted a Revolutionary Court official as saying.

ISNA said that initially they had been sentenced to 20 months jail "... but were pardoned based on Islamic clemency". The two were arrested after meeting the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose death sentence for adultery was suspended following a global outcry.

Under Iran's Islamic sharia law, adultery is punishable by stoning.

Iran says the Germans entered the country on tourist visas and were working as reporters illegally. Germany has been seeking the release of its two nationals.