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Iran Delays Release Of American Woman

Iran has postponed a reported plan to release an American woman held along with two compatriots on charges that they illegally entered the country and are spies.

Tehran's chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said today's previously announced intention to release Sarah Shourd had been delayed because "judicial procedures have not been done."

The announcement came hours after state media reported that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had intervened to secure Shourd's release in part because of the "special viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the dignity of women."

Shourd and fellow Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained near the border with Iraq in 2009.

compiled from agency reports