Iran to Put 3 American Hikers on Trial in February
November 22, 2010
Iran (Chattahbox World News)—An Iranian court announced yesterday that the three American hikers who were arrested for crossing Iran’s border while hiking in northern Iraq last year will face trial on Feb. 6, 2011, ABC News reports. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd say they were not aware that they had crossed onto Iranian soil during their 2009 hike.
Shourd was released this past September due to health concerns, but Bauer and Fattal have now been held for 478 days, which is longer than the Americans held during the 1979-1981 hostage crisis were detained. An attorney for the two men was told that he will not be allowed to meet the men who he will be defending until the day the trial begins.
Shourd was told that if she does not return for the trial, she will have to return the $500,000 bail she posted upon her release. Shourd and Bauer, who are engaged, had been living and working in Syria prior to the arrest, and Fattal came to visit them in July 2009, at which point they decided to visit Iraq, ABC News notes.