Iran to try two detained U.S. hikers

21:01, October 20, 2010      

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Detained Americans Sarah Shourd (R), Shane Bauer (L) and Joshua Fattal smile as they wait to meet their mothers at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran in this May 21, 2010 file photo. Tehran's prosecutor released one of the detained American hikers on bail of 500,000 U.S. dollars, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)



Iran will try two detained U.S. hikers in early November on espionage charges, the local satellite channel Press TV reported Wednesday.

The two U.S. hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, have been held in a Tehran jail for more than a year. Another female U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd once jailed together with them was released by Tehran's prosecutor last month on bail of 500,000 U.S. dollars due to her health situation.

After the release of Shourd, Tehran's prosecutor Abbas Jaafari Dowlatabadi said in September that the files of three U.S. hikers had been sent to the court and they would be tried soon.

Dolatabadi said Shourd was required to attend her trial session. In case she does not appear in court for the trail the bail would be confiscated.

The three Americans were arrested in Iran on July 31 last year for illegally entering the country from its western borders and were charged with espionage last November. The U.S. government considered the charges totally unfounded.

In May, the Iranian government allowed the mothers of the three Americans to meet their children in Tehran.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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