Hikers Not Released; Verdict Within a Week

Lawyer still hopeful Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal will be set free
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2011 12:22 PM CDT
American Hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal Not Released by Iran; Verdict Expected Within a Week: Lawyer
A picture released by Iran's state-run Press TV shows US hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal arriving at the Tehran Revolutionary Court in the Iranian capital on February 6, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(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 hikers and their lawyer presenting closing arguments, the AP reports. The lawyer says he is still hopeful that, even if the judge finds Bauer and Fattal guilty, they will be sentenced to time served and set free. (Read more Josh Fattal stories.)

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