[Marxism] Iran sentences U.S. hikers to 8 years in jail

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Aug 20 08:02:54 MDT 2011


August 20, 2011 9:26 AM

Iran sentences U.S. hikers to 8 years in jail

Two American hikers who have been held in prison on espionage charges 
since crossing the border into Iran two years ago have been sentenced to 
eight years, Iranian state TV reported.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested with a third hiker, Sarah 
Shourd, after having crossed Iran's border in July 2009, received 
sentenced of three years for illegal entry and five years for spying.

Shourd was freed on bail in September 2010 and returned to the United 

The two have 20 days to appeal their sentence.

Their families said they were hiking and had strayed across the border 

Washington said the charges are totally unfounded and they should be 

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