The Associated Press reports that Iran’s Culture Ministry announced today that one of the three UC Berkeley graduates being held in Tehran will be released on Saturday. No more details were given.

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal have been held in Iran since last July, when they were arrested and accused of spying. The three and their families have consistently insisted that they were on a hiking trip in northern Iraq and mistakenly wandered across the border. The U.S. State  Department has been vocal in calling for the release of the three.

Last month, Shourd’s mother, Nora Shourd, said that her daughter had found a lump in her breast. The Iranian authorities at the time ignored pleas to release Shourd for medical treatment.

Update An official at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations told ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour that Sarah Shourd would be released at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Estaghlal Hotel in Tehran.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...