Freed detainee Sarah Shourd wants to meet Ahmadinejad in NY

American woman Sarah Shourd who was held in Iran for more than 13 months says she hopes to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Associated Press reported.

Shourd, one of the three U.S. citizens who had been detained in Iran for more than a year, was released from prison on a bail of $500,000 on September 14.

Shourd, 32, along with Shane Bauer, 28, and Joshua Fattal, 28, were arrested on July 31, 2009 by Iranian border guards after illegally entering Iran’s territory from Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The three have been charged with illegal entry and espionage.

Shourd said on a Thursday episode of the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she wants the Iranian president to know she has "no animosity towards him or towards any Iranian people."

Shourd said she never thought she would leave Iran without Bauer and Fattal, and still is "numb and a little bit in shock."

"I just need to keep up with my pleas to the Iranian government and religious leaders to show the same humanitarian gesture" and compassion to her friends, she said.

Ahmadinejad has told The Associated Press he hopes Bauer and Fattal would be able to provide evidence "they had no ill intention in crossing the border" so they can be released.

She said she was in a cell that was "eight steps by five steps," with a bed and an area in which to exercise and could bathe daily.


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