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Iran Releases US Hikers: Report

State TV confirms release of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal

(Newser) - After being jailed for more than two years, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal walked out of Evin prison free men this morning, confirms Iranian state television . Their lawyer had said earlier that they would be released within hours, after a vacationing judge returned and the second signature needed... More »

Hikers' Path to Freedom Hits Snag

Vacationing judge means they'll wait until at least Tuesday

(Newser) - After more than two years in an Iranian prison, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer's imminent bid for freedom has been put on hold—by, of all things, a vacationing judge, reports the AP. Attorney Masoud Shafiei says the $1 million bail deal that would free the American hikers is... 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 »

Hikers Not Released; Verdict Within a Week

Lawyer still hopeful Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal will be set free

(Newser) - American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in Iran exactly two years ago, but despite hopes for an immediate release after a hearing today , their lawyer now says a verdict will be announced within a week. Today's was the final court hearing in the case, with the... 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 »

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 »

Iran: 2 Hikers Will Face Trial

Clinton confirms Nov.6 trial date, still hopes for release

(Newser) - After more than a year in an Iranian prison, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are headed to trial, says Iran's intelligence minister. "The two Americans will be tried," Heidar Moslehi said. "We will hand any evidence we have to the judiciary." Hillary Clinton confirmed... More »

Hiker to Ahmadinejad: Let's Talk

Sarah Shourd wants to meet with Iranian president

(Newser) - New York politicians and, er, hotel guests may not be too happy with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ’s visit, but there’s one person who’s happy he’s in town: Sarah Shourd . The hiker, just released after being held in Iran for more than 13 months, gives her first interview... More »

Freed US Hiker Thanks Ahmadinejad

Sarah Shourd says she's 'humbled' and 'grateful' upon release

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the US hiker freed today by Iran, says she is "humbled by this moment" and singled out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for gratitude. "I want to really offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people that have been... More »

Iran: We'll Release Hiker on $500K Bail

Maybe this time Tehran really means it

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the American best known as a wayward hiker, must be wishing Tehran would let her in on the joke right about now: An Iranian prosecutor is now saying he'll release her on $500,000 bail because of health problems, reports the AP. This after Iran said it would,... More »

Moms: 2 Hikers Held in Iran Engaged

Shane Bauer proposed with a ring made from his shirt

(Newser) - Wedding bells will ring for two of the three American hikers held in Iran, report the couple's moms—just as soon as Iran sets them free. Shane Bauer fashioned a ring from pieces of his shirt and proposed to Sarah Shourd in the Iranian prison where they've been held since... More »

Ahmadinejad Backtracks on Vow to Help Free Hikers

Iranian prez tells Diane Sawyer, 'I am not the judge to judge about it'

(Newser) - The three American hikers being held in Iran probably shouldn’t count on that helping hand Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised them. In an interview airing tonight on ABC , Diane Sawyer asked Ahmadinejad if he was still going to do his best to free the hikers, as he promised. “Yes,”... More »

Iran Will Put 3 US Hikers on Trial

They entered Iran with 'suspicious aims,' says foreign minister

(Newser) - Iran will try the three Americans hikers who were arrested in July after they crossed the border from northern Iraq, the Iranian foreign minister said today. Charges were unspecified, though they have previously been accused of spying. "They have entered Iran with suspicious aims. The judiciary will try them,... More »

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