American Hiker Sarah Shourd Released from Prison

The American hiker who was released from an Iranian prison today after a 14 month detention is now in Oman in the arms of her mother.

Before reaching Oman, Shourd singled out President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a statement of gratitude she made on Iranian TV before flying out of the country.

Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran as spies for over a year, has left the country, after being freed from prison on a bail of $500,000 (£324,000).

Shourd, 32, was reportedly en route for the Gulf state of Oman where she was to be reunited with her mother. "She just left Iran from Tehran's Mehrabad airport," a diplomatic source told the Associated Press.