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Freed U.S. hikers' lawyer denies mistreatment in Iran

(Xinhua)

08:27, September 28, 2011

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The lawyer of the two U.S. hikers freed by Iranian authorities last week from a prison in Tehran said they were never mistreated in Iran, the local satellite Press TV reported on Tuesday.

Masoud Shafiei said, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal never complained about any kind of mistreatment during their court sessions, said Press TV.

In their first comments after arrival in the U.S. on Sunday, Bauer and Fattal said they were regularly blindfolded and isolated in the prison and the mails sent by their families to them were withheld. They said, they sometimes heard the screams of other inmates at Tehran's Evin Prison.

Shafiei dismissed Fattal's claim that other prisoners had been beaten, saying that they were in prison and they could not possibly have any access to information about other prisoners, said Press TV.

Also, Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei dismissed the two men's allegations about mistreatment, saying such claims had been anticipated and were predictable.

"The comments made by these two are contrary to reality. We anticipated that they would say such things, and regardless of when we released them, they would have said such things about Iran, " Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying on Monday.

Bauer and Fattal and the other female hiker, Sarah Shourd, were arrested in Iran on July 31, 2009 for illegally entering Iran's western border and were later charged with espionage. They were released on Wednesday on a bail of 500,000 U.S. dollars each.

The female hiker Sarah Shourd was also released by Tehran's prosecutor in September 2010 on a bail of 500,000 dollars due to her health situation.

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