Sarah Shourd

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Argo an 'Inaccurate Impression' of Iran

Captured hiker Sarah Shourd weighs in on Ben Affleck movie

(Newser) - Argo, the new Ben Affleck film loosely based on the true story of six Americans who were rescued from Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, features incredible cinematography and acting—but it offers an "incomplete, and at times inaccurate, impression" of Iran, writes Sarah Shourd for the Daily... More »

US Hikers Get Hitched

Shane Bauer had proposed to Sarah Shourd in Iran prison

(Newser) - It's a love story that stood the test of an Iranian prison: Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer, best known for taking a wrong turn while hiking, have gotten married in California, reports the BBC . Friend and fellow captive Josh Fattal served as best man, and the couple is said... More »

Hikers: Iran Held Us for Being American

Iran 'always tied our case to its political disputes': Fattal

(Newser) - The two American hikers back home from Iran today said Iran held them because they are American, the AP reports. Joshua Fattal said that while he and fellow hiker Shane Bauer "applaud Iranian authorities for finally making the right decision," they "do not deserve undue credit for... More »

Hikers Back on US Soil

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal land in New York on long-awaited return home

(Newser) - After a wait of more than two years, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are back on US soil. The pair, best known as stray hikers imprisoned in Iran, touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York today at 11am EDT on the first leg of their long-awaited... More »

Freed Hikers Race Down Plane Stairs to Families

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer touch down in Oman from Iran

(Newser) - Freed US hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer made brief statements to the media today, but a short CNN video of them touching down in Oman may say everything better. It shows Fattal and Bauer racing down the plane stairs into the arms of waiting family members amid shouts of... More »

Hikers Leave Iran for Good

Destination: Oman, where they will be met by their families

(Newser) - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are officially no longer on Iranian soil. The American hikers have departed on a flight from Tehran to Oman, a Swiss diplomat tells CNN . Their destination is the Omani capital of Muscat, where they will be met by their families, along with fellow hiker/Bauer'... More »

Ahmadinejad Plans to Pardon, Release Hikers

Iran president hopes they can return home 'in a couple days'

(Newser) - More than two years after they were jailed on charges of spying, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal may finally be headed home. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells the Washington Post he will grant a “unilateral pardon” to the two men, and that he is working to arrange... More »

US Hikers' Lawyer: We'll Appeal

Hillary Clinton calls for their immediate release

(Newser) - Iran is attracting some attention after it sentenced American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years in prison yesterday. The duo's lawyer is vowing an appeal, saying, "I will use entire legal capacity to defend them." He has 20 days to do so, and the... More »

Iran Gives Hikers 8 Years

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal convicted of espionage, illegal entry

(Newser) - Iran's state TV is reporting that two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each on charges of espionage and illegal entry. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being taken into custody on... More »

Iran May Release Hikers: Lawyer

Says Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal may be freed tomorrow

(Newser) - The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage says his clients could be released after a court hearing slated for tomorrow. Masoud Shafiei said today the fact that the session in the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would coincide with the second anniversary of... More »

Freed Iran Hiker: Cohorts Are Being Beaten in Jail

Sarah Shourd calls for companions' release

(Newser) - The two American hikers still imprisoned in Iran have been physically abused in Iranian prison, Sarah Shourd alleged in a BBC interview this week. She described one incident in which a guard threw Josh Fattal down a flight of stairs after he took some extra food, and another in which... More »

Lay Off the Iran Hikers

Backlash against Shourd and company is perplexing: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - You would think Americans would be lining up in support of the three American hikers arrested in Iran. But as Sarah Shourd began promoting a hunger strike to advocate for her companions’ freedom, Meghan Daum of the LA Times noticed a distinct and perplexing wave of “hiker hate” online,... More »

Iran Hikers' Moms Start a Hunger Strike

Cindy Hickey and Laura Fattal mark anniversary of seeing sons

(Newser) - Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the hikers imprisoned in Iran since 2009, have not seen their mothers since a hasty visit exactly one year ago today . To mark that anniversary, mothers Cindy Hickey and Laura Fattal today announced that they will start a hunger strike. They fear their sons have... More »

US Hiker Suffering PTSD, Depression

Sarah Shourd won't return to Iran for trial

(Newser) - The hiker Iran released last fall says she won't be returning to stand trial for espionage with her two companions. Sarah Shourd is due in court May 11, along with her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal, who have both been in a Tehran prison for 21 months.... More »

Muhammad Ali to Iran: Free the Hikers!

Says he's willing to make a trip there to secure their release

(Newser) - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have an intriguing ally in their corner: Muhammad Ali. The Greatest quietly sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month asking him to release the captive American hikers, and now he's going public with it. "Please show the world the compassion I know... More »

US Hikers in Iran Plead Not Guilty

Court procedure drags on for 5 hours

(Newser) - Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that included trespassing and spying. UC Berkeley grads Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been held in an Iranian prison for 18 months after they were busted for allegedly straying across the border during a 2009 hiking trip.... More »

Hikers Go on Trial in Iran

Case goes forward without Sarah Shourd present

(Newser) - An Iranian court today began the closed-door trial of the three American hikers it accuses of espionage, reports the AP, in spite of repeated pleas for leniency from the hikers' families and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alike. Iran last week demanded the return of Sarah Shourd, currently free on bail, but the... More »

Freed Hiker Called Back to Iran to Stand Trial

Sarah Shourd may choose not to return

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the American hiker freed from Iranian prison in September, has been called to return to the country and stand trial on Feb. 6, Reuters reports. Should Shourd decide not to show up, the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been jailed since being detained on... More »

New Trials Set for US Hikers in Iran

Courtroom showdown set for February 6

(Newser) - The two young American hikers charged with entering Iran illegally will go on trial in February, officials have announced. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 28, were supposed to go on trial early this month with companion Sarah Shourd, but authorities decided instead to free Shourd because of health concerns.... More »

Released Hiker: We Were Led Into Iran

Sarah Shourd says WikiLeaks has story wrong; Iran aims to postpone trial

(Newser) - The three American hikers detained by Iran weren’t captured in Iraq, says Sarah Shourd: They were beckoned over the border by an armed soldier, she tells the New York Times in an effort to set the WikiLeaks version of the story straight. “We did not actually enter Iran... More »

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