Iran Press Watch has learned through its contacts in Iran that earlier today (Thursday, April 23, 2009), the authorities set bail of about $100,000 per prisoner for Haleh Houshmandi and Afshin Ahsanian.
Since this is a considerable sum for families, they are in process of raising the required bail. One of the families has offered a condo they own for this purpose, and is in process of getting the necessary estimate from a real-estate agent, who tends to charge exorbitantly for such services.
The process of completing the required paperwork and other bureaucratic steps is very extensive in Iran; moreover, offices are only open for a half day on Thursdays (today). In most instances, the bail and release process takes one or two complete days. It is reported that neither family was able to complete this process by the close of business today.
Since tomorrow is Friday and everything is closed, it is hoped that Haleh Houshmandi and Afshin Ahsanian will be released on Saturday.