Iran to try U.S. detainees late August: Tehran's prosecutor

10:48, June 16, 2011      

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Tehran's Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said that the next trial session of the three U. S. nationals, charged with espionage, may be held in late August, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

"We are hopeful that the final decision on the case of the three American nationals would be made at the (trial) session," Jafari-Dolatabadi was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Earlier in May, the lawyer of the three American nationals, Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer, said the trial session of his clients, which was scheduled for May 11, was postponed since they were not transferred to the courtroom from prison.

Three detained Americans were arrested in Iran on July 31, 2009 for illegally entering Iran's western border and were later charged with espionage. The U.S. government considered the charges totally unfounded.

Sarah Shourd, once jailed in Iran with the other two Americans, was released by Teheran's prosecutor in September on bail of 500, 000 U.S. dollars due to her health situation.

Source: Xinhua
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