TEHRAN, Iran — The lawyer for an American woman detained in Iran says her family is appealing to authorities to drop a demand for $500,000 bail in exchange for her release because it cannot afford the amount.
Masoud Shafiei tells The Associated Press he is aware that Swiss diplomats — who handle U.S. affairs in Iran — are asking that the bail be dropped or lowered for Sarah Shourd. He says the family of the 32-year-old woman is apparently facing difficulty raising the money.
Shafiei says he has no word Monday on Iran’s response.
Iran’s judiciary granted the bail on health grounds Sunday. Shourd was detained in July 2009 along the border with Iraq with two American friends, who are also jailed in Tehran.
Iran has issued indictments on spy-related charges.