Topic - 2009–2010 Detention Of American Hikers By Iran

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  • ** FILE ** Sarah Shourd (left), Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal stand together after a news conference in New York on Sept. 25, 2011. Fattal and Bauer, both 29, were held for more than two years in an Iranian prison before being freed last week under a $1 million bail deal. Fellow hiker Shourd was released from the prison last year. (Associated Press)

    2 hikers held in Iran to marry Saturday

    Two Americans detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago will marry Saturday in the San Francisco Bay area.

  • ** FILE ** Sarah Shourd (left), Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal stand together after a news conference in New York on Sept. 25, 2011. Fattal and Bauer, both 29, were held for more than two years in an Iranian prison before being freed last week under a $1 million bail deal. Fellow hiker Shourd was released from the prison last year. (Associated Press)

    Freed U.S. hikers describe harrowing ordeal in Iran

    Two American hikers being held in an Iranian prison got a big surprise one day after their exercise routine: Instead of being blindfolded and led back to their cell, they suddenly heard the words, "Let's go home."

  • Josh Fattal, left, addresses reporters as Shane Bauer, right, holds hands with Sarah Shourd, his fiance, fellow hiker and captive, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 in New York. The two men were released last week after being held for espionage in an Iranian jail for almost two years. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Freed hikers: Iran held us because we're American

    Declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, two Americans held for more than two years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, ending a diplomatic and personal ordeal with a sharp rebuke of the country that had imprisoned them after they hiked over the border from Iraq.

  • Sarah Shourd (left), Josh Fattal (center) and Shane Bauer are pictured at the airport in Muscat, Oman, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, before leaving for the United States. The two men, who were freed from an Iranian prison Wednesday, told reporters they were "eager to go home." (AP Photo/Sultan al-Hasani)

    2 Americans freed by Iran arrive in U.S.

    Two Americans held for more than two years in an Iranian prison on accusations of spying returned to the United States on Sunday, ending a diplomatic ordeal that began with what they called a wrong turn into the wrong country.

  • ** FILE ** In this May 21, 2010, file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    2 American men freed from prison leave Iran

    Two Americans jailed in Iran as spies left Tehran on Wednesday.

  • Josh Fattal (left) and Shane Bauer are shown at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Wednesday before leaving for Oman after being freed by Iran from custody. The release of the two Americans, imprisoned by Iranian authorities as spies, ended a high-profile drama that lasted more than two years. (Islamic Republic News Agency via Associated Press)

    Americans leave Iran after release

    After more than two years in Iranian custody, two Americans convicted as spies took their first steps toward home Wednesday as they bounded down from a private jet and into the arms of family for a joyful reunion in the Gulf state of Oman.

  • ** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    Deal to free 2 Americans jailed in Iran hits snag

    A bail-for-freedom deal for two Americans jailed as spies in Iran hit a snag Sunday because a judge whose signature is needed on the bail papers was on vacation, the prisoners' lawyer said, dashing hopes for their immediate release.

  • ** FILE ** In this May 21, 2010, file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    Iran: Court to commute sentences for 2 Americans

    Iran's foreign minister says the courts are willing "in near future" to commute the prison sentences for two jailed Americans convicted for spying.

  • ** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    Oman sends plane to Iran amid bail efforts for Americans

    The Gulf state of Oman dispatched a private plane to Iran on Wednesday amid efforts toward a bail-for-freedom deal for two Americans jailed for spying — in a possible replay of the diplomatic exchange that freed a third member of the group last year.

  • Iran has set bail for American hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at $500,000. (Associated Press)

    U.S. hikers convicted of spying can be freed if $500,000 bail is met

    An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense attorney said.

  • ** FILE ** In this Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, file photo, U.S. hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, attend their trail at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Iran. The website of Iran's state TV reported Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, that two American hikers held in Iran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    Lawyer: Iran sets bail for two jailed American men

    An Iranian court on Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense lawyer said.

  • ** FILE ** This combination of undated file photos released by freethehikers.org shows, from left; Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd. (Associated Press/freethehikers.org)

    Iran sentences 2 U.S. hikers to 8 years in jail

    Two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years each in prison on charges of espionage and illegal entry into Iran, state TV reported Saturday.

  • Masoud Shafiei, the Iranian lawyer for two Americans who have been jailed in Iran on charges of espionage, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, July 30, 2011. Two Americans could be released after a court hearing slated for Sunday, their lawyer said. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iran's FM hopes for release of 2 Americans

    Iran's foreign minister said Saturday he hoped that a final court verdict will lead to the release of two American men who have been held for two years in Tehran on espionage charges.

  • Masoud Shafiei, the Iranian lawyer for two Americans who have been jailed in Iran on charges of espionage, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran, on July 30, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Verdict for 2 Americans in Iran within a week

    The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage said Sunday the court will announce its verdict within a week, dashing hopes for their immediate release after a final hearing in the case.

  • ** FILE ** In this May 20, 2010, file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are due for what Iranian authorities have said will be a final hearing in their espionage case on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Sarah Shourd was freed last September. (AP Photo/Press TV, File

    Lawyer: 2 Americans held in Iran could be released

    Two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage could be released after a court hearing slated for Sunday, their lawyer said.

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  • "Two years in prison is too long," Mr. Bauer said, and hoped their release from prison will also bring "freedom for political prisoners in America and Iran."

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