Iran “Cancels” Release Of American Hiker
September 10, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Earlier today it was reported that an American hiker who is among two others being held in Iran for 13 months on charges of spying was being released. But now, Iranian officials say the measure has been “canceled”.
Sarah Shourd was set to be released and handed over to Swiss officials tomorrow morning in what Iran called an act of clemency in celebration of Ramadan. However, the rest of the world largely believed it to be a ploy to make the judicial system, which is heavily criticized for often barbaric ‘justice’ without proof, to be more lenient.
Now, it is being announced that the release is no longer scheduled.
“The news [of the impending release] is not approved by the judiciary and, naturally, any decision regarding the defendants is contingent upon the completion of the due process,” Abas Jafari Dolatabadi, the country’s top prosecutor, was quoted by CNN.
Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested after accidentally wandering over an unmarked border into Iran from Northern Iraq. Despite no official charges or proof, they have been held for 13 months as spies, and have repeatedly ignored requests for their release.
They have tried several times to use the hikers as bargaining chips for the release of Iranians who have been held in the U.S.