| Updated at: 0123 PST, Thursday, September 16, 2010|
WASHINGTON: A US official said Wednesday that "arrangements" by Oman helped secure the release of an American hiker, but declined to say whether money was paid to Iran for her freedom.
"It was through arrangements that they (Oman authorities) made that Sarah Shourd was released," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
The Iranians have said that Shourd's 500,000-dollar bail was paid in Oman at Iran's state-run Bank Melli, but Crowley would not confirm or deny that money had changed hands.
It would be up to "Omani officials if they choose to disclose the particular actions that met the Iranian legal requirements," he said.
On Tuesday Crowley had insisted "the United States didn't pay anything for her release."