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MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American Sarah Shourd planned a medical exam Wednesday for the first appraisal of her health after more than 13 months in an Iranian prison, Omani officials said, after the country’s rulers mediated a deal for a half-million-dollar bail to win her release.
Miss Shourd has stayed out of the public eye since arriving late Tuesday aboard a private Omani jet. Her mother — who was waiting at a special royal airfield — has said her 32-year-old daughter has serious medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells.
The Omani officials gave no further details of the planned medical attention. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not cleared to brief the media.
In the United States, a person familiar with Miss Shourd’s case confirmed the plans for a medical exam but did not elaborate.
“Sarah Shourd … is taking a little bit of time, understandably, just to decompress,” he said in Washington.
Miss Shourd and two other Americans — her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal — were detained along Iran’s border with Iraq in July 2009 and later accused of spying. The two men remain in a Tehran prison under indictment on espionage-related charges and could face trial — with proceedings for Miss Shourd in absentia.
The status of Miss Shourd’s health has been a centerpiece of the negotiations for her release since last week, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said she should be freed on humanitarian grounds.
She eventually was released Tuesday after Oman — a key ally of both Iran and the West — played intermediary for a bail deal that satisfied Iranian authorities and apparently did not violate U.S. economic sanctions.
The source of the bail payment has not been disclosed.
But Tehran’s chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying the amount would arrive in Iran later this week after the holiday period in Oman to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He gave no other details, but his comments suggested the bail was in currency and not a possible barter deal to bypass U.S. sanctions.
He added that the bail “will be confiscated” if Miss Shourd does not return for possible trial on spy charges, which he said would be soon.
Miss Shourd’s attorney, Masoud Shafiei, told the Associated Press that a “foreign individual paid the bail in Muscat” and insisted it was “neither a government nor an embassy that paid the bail.”
But he said he did not know the identity.
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