Hikers Go on Trial in Iran

Case goes forward without Sarah Shourd present
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2011 6:43 AM CST
Hikers Go on Trial in Iran
In this May 20, 2010 file photo, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran.   (Anonymous)

(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 trial goes forward with only Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer in custody in Tehran.
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