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3 American Hikers Detained In Iran

Postby Todd » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:02 am

3 American hikers detained by Iran named

(CNN) -- They are four American friends and seasoned travelers who were hiking through Iraq's Kurdistan region before three of them crossed the unmarked border with Iran, where they were detained by Iranian authorities.

Kurdish officials identified the detained hikers as Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, CNN confirmed Sunday. The fourth hiker, Shon Meckfessel, stayed behind in Iraq.

"My husband and I are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son, Josh, and for the other two companions he's with," Laura Fattal of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, told CNN Radio. "And that is our only concern, his welfare and the best conditions for him."

Meckfessel was identified by his grandmother, who told CNN that he stayed behind because he felt sick. Meckfessel is at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

"My grandson has asked me not to talk to the media," said the grandmother, Irene Meckfessel of Carmichael, California, before hanging up Saturday.

Iran's state-run media reported that Iranian security forces arrested the three Americans Friday for illegally entering the country from Iraq's Kurdistan region and that the matter is under investigation.

U.S. State Department officials say the Swiss ambassador to Tehran is seeking information about the case on behalf of Washington. The United States and Iran do not have diplomatic relations and Switzerland represents U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran.

Friends of the travelers told CNN that the three who were detained have spent time or have lived in Western Europe and the Middle East.

Sandy Close, executive director of the nonprofit Pacific News Service, described Bauer -- a photographer whose material was occasionally posted on her Web site in the past -- as a "gifted linguist and photographer with wanderlust for travel and a student of Arab cultures. He's a remarkably talented guy."

Shourd described herself as a "teacher-activist-writer from California currently based in the Middle East" on a profile listed on a travel Web site.

Fattal shared his friends' love of travel and learning, and was described as "fiercely intellectual" by his friend, Chris Foraker, who spoke to CNN affiliate KVAL in Eugene, Oregon. Foraker said he met Fattal during a study abroad program in 2003, and the two worked together at the Aprovecho sustainable living research center in Cottage Grove.

The four travelers spent the night at the Nirwan Hotel in Sulaimaniya on Thursday, said Mudhafer Mohammed, the owner of the hotel.

Bauer, Shourd and Fattal left early Friday in a taxi for Ahmed Awa, a Kurdish town near Iraq's border with Iran, planning to hike in the mountains there, according to Peshrow Ahmed, spokesman for the security manager of Sulaimaniya.

Ahmed Awa police spotted the hikers at one point Friday, Ahmed said, and warned them that they were near the border with Iran -- which is not marked in the area -- and that they should be careful.

The group was in contact with Meckfessel in Sulaimaniya until about 1:30 p.m. Friday, when they reported they were "surrounded by Iranian soldiers," Ahmed said. No further communication was received.

Mohammed, of the Nirwan Hotel, told CNN that the hikers said they had come to the area because they heard it was safe, saying they were considering a trip to Ahmed Awa. But, he said, he advised them against it.

"I warned them many times," Mohammed told CNN.

"When they told me that they are planning to go to Ahmed Awa, I told them, 'Don't go there because it is unsafe for you because you're American and Ahmed Awa is very close to the Iranian border,'" he said.

Meckfessel left the hotel about 4:30 p.m., Mohammed said, asking him to take care of their luggage and saying he would not return. Later, he said, Sulaimaniya security forces took the luggage from the hotel.

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Postby Todd » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:14 am

It's official!

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal are the stupidest hikers on the face of the planet!

$100 bucks says these brain surgeons are democrats. These are the types of idiots that approach grizzly bears then wonder why they are attacked.
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Last year, just for fun Bauer, Shourd and Fattal strapped antlers to their heads, put on fur coats and ran through the woods on opening morning of New Yorks deer season. Now that they have recovered from their bullet wounds, they don't trust Americans

So, they setteled for backpacking on the Iran, Iraq border. They wanted to take swimming lessons in an acid, but that was full. Then they wanted to try to base jump into Redoubt volcano but no one would let them borrow a parachute.

What else was left besides backpacking into Iran?
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Postby Todd » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:56 pm

Clinton Seeks Information From Iran on Missing American Hikers
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that Swiss diplomats who represent U.S. interests in Iran are asking officials from the Iranian Foreign Ministry for details but have not yet gotten official confirmation of the trio's arrest.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed to Iran on Monday for information about three missing Americans believed to have been arrested by Iranian authorities last week on an ill-fated hiking trip in northern Iraq.

Clinton said that Swiss diplomats who represent U.S. interests in Iran are asking officials from the Iranian Foreign Ministry for details but have not yet gotten official confirmation of the trio's arrest.

She asked that Iran determine the facts of the case and to "return them as quickly as possible."

"As of a few hours ago, we did not yet have official confirmation that the Iranian government or an instrument of the Iranian government were holding the three missing Americans," she told reporters at the State Department. "We asked our Swiss partners ... to please pursue our inquiries to determine the status of the three missing Americans."

"Obviously, we are concerned," Clinton said. "We want this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible and we call on the Iranian government to help us determine the whereabouts of the three missing Americans and return them as quickly as possible."

A Kurdish official said the three contacted a colleague to say they had entered Iran by mistake on Friday and were surrounded by troops. Iran's state television later said the Americans were arrested after they did not heed warnings from Iranian border guards.
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Postby Todd » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:53 pm

Mother of American Detained in Iran Presses for His Release

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The mother of an American detained in Iran pleaded in a Foxnews.com interview for the safe return of her son, saying she hasn't heard from him since he inadvertently crossed the border into Iran while on a hiking expedition in July.

Josh Fattal of Elkins Park, Pa., along with Americans Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, were apprehended by Iranian authorities on July 31 after they entered the Islamic Republic while on a one-week hike through Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We have not had a phone call home," Fattal's mother, Laura, told Foxnews.com. "They had no intention of going into Iran."

The Iranian government has twice acknowledged that the three Americans are being held for illegally entering the country. The Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests there, was granted consular access to the detainees on Sept. 29.

But no one has heard from the three Americans, despite assurances from the Swiss government that they are in good health and receiving proper care.

Relatives of the three hikers submitted a petition Thursday containing 2,500 names to the Iranian Mission to the United Nations, the Associated Press reports. The petition calls it an "unfortunate case" and asks Iran to release the hikers "as soon as possible."

Fattal said she last spoke with her son on July 5 and exchanged a series of e-mails with him on July 27.

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Postby Todd » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:56 pm

Gee, I guess all those lessons they took at Berkley about how good Iran is and how we distort the worlds view of those muslim terrorists MIGHT be a little skewed.

Frankly I don't feel one bit sorry for any of them......
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American Hikers Held in Iran

Postby Todd » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:32 pm

Families of 3 American Hikers Held in Iran Say Videos Prove Their Innocence

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The families of three Americans detained in Iran say newly released videos prove their loved ones were on vacation and had no hidden motives when they crossed into the country from Iraq.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, have been detained in Iran since July 31. Their families say they entered the Islamic Republic accidentally while hiking in a scenic area of northern Iraq.

The families, who have had no contact with the detainees, released videos shot of them dancing and singing before they were captured by Iranian authorities.

"These kids were on vacation. They were just traveling; they were having a good time," Shourd's mother, Nora Shourd, said in a phone interview Monday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said last week that investigators are still questioning the three and that their fate rests with judicial authorities. Bauer, Shourd and Fattal have been visited by Swiss diplomats, who oversee U.S. interests in Iran.

Mottaki gave no other details on the case. But his comments suggested that formal charges could still be possible against the Americans, although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that he could ask the judiciary to "take a look at the case with maximum leniency."

One of the videos, posted on YouTube Tuesday, shows Fattal performing an impromptu rap song
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Postby Todd » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:37 pm

So, apparently these kids family members are just as stupid as they are.....

A video, supposedly shot a few days earlier, of theme dancing in Iraq "proves" they are just tourists..... :roll:
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Postby Todd » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:48 pm

Iran Reportedly Charges 3 Detained American Hikers With Espionage

Monday, November 09, 2009

Three American hikers who have been detained in Iran after crossing into the country from Iraq have been charged with espionage, according to reports by Iran's State News Agency.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, have been detained in Iran since July 31. Their families say they entered the Islamic Republic accidentally while hiking in a scenic area of northern Iraq.

The families, who have had no contact with the detainees, released videos in October that showed them dancing and singing before they were captured by Iranian authorities.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the fate of the three hikers rests with judicial authorities. Bauer, Shourd and Fattal have been visited by Swiss diplomats who oversee U.S. interests in Iran.

Mottaki gave no other details on the case. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview with The Associated Press in September that he could ask the judiciary to "take a look at the case with maximum leniency."

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Postby 41mag » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:38 pm

Do not be so naive to think that this was a accident and they are innocent. One can not rule out that they could indeed be CIA or something else and working under cover as they are all old enough to have experience doing this. First rule of under cover work is to try to have a good cover story and stick to it. Personally I do not believe for one second that they "just happened" to be hiking in Iraq and just happened to wind up in Iran. It was no accident. The "accident" part was getting caught.
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Postby Todd » Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:06 am

Mothers of Hikers Held Captive in Iran Record Video Message

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Postby Todd » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:54 pm

Big names ask Iran to release U.S. hikers
December 2, 2009

(CNN) -- Prominent activists, academics and celebrities are joining the growing call for the release of three American hikers who have been held in an Iranian prison since July.

Activist Gloria Steinem, billionaire businessman Richard Branson, actress Mia Farrow, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are among a list of 80 international signatories to a petition appealing for the release of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

The appeal was sent Wednesday to Iran's United Nations mission with a request to forward it to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"The three hikers have been held for four months ... despite your own undertaking more than two months ago to ask the Iranian judiciary to expedite the case and show 'maximum leniency,'" the appeal to Ahmadinejad says.

"To continue to detain them without due process raises grave concerns that Iran is holding these three young Americans for political purposes and calls into question Iran's stated commitment to the rule of law."

The Americans were detained on July 31, when, according to their families, they accidentally strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip in Kurdistan. They are being held on espionage charges.

Wednesday's petition is the latest appeal for their release.

Families of the hikers submitted a grassroots petition to Iran's U.N. mission in October. The signatures on that petition, posted online, now number more 4,700.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has requested the Iranian government "exercise compassion" in the case.

"We believe strongly that there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever," Clinton said last month.

The United States, which has no diplomatic relations with Iran, has relied on the Swiss to appeal directly for the hikers' release. A Swiss diplomat has met twice with the Americans in their Iranian prison.

Watch what Iran did with five British sailors it captured

The Americans entered northern Iraq from Turkey on July 28 during a planned five-day hike. Bauer and Shourd had been living in Damascus, Syria; Fattal was visiting. They set out to hike in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Friends and family have said the hikers did not know they were near the border and made "a simple and regrettable mistake" by crossing into Iran.

Wednesday's appeal was organized by associates and friends of the three Americans. Other signatories include Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi, anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and author Dave Eggers.
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Postby Todd » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:29 pm

Iran to Put 3 American Hikers on Trial

Monday, December 14, 2009

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U.S. hikers held in Iran call home

Postby Todd » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:44 pm

U.S. hikers held in Iran allowed to call home, families say

(CNN) -- Three U.S. hikers who were detained in Iran have spoken by phone with their relatives for the first time since authorities jailed them more than seven months ago, the hikers' families said Wednesday.

Authorities in Iran allowed Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal to call their relatives on Tuesday, their families said.

"It was a tremendous relief to hear their voices at last and know that Shane, Sarah and Josh are keeping well and staying strong," the families said in a statement.

"We believe the calls are a positive signal that their long detention may soon be over after these many months of anguish and uncertainty."

The three were detained after crossing into Iran while hiking.

The relatives said they "appeal to the Iranian authorities to show compassion and allow our families to be reunited in joy and happiness as well."

The three Americans were detained on July 31 when, according to their families, they accidentally strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip. They are being held on espionage charges.

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Postby Todd » Mon May 10, 2010 6:33 pm

Report: Families of U.S. Hikers Held in Iran Will be Allowed to Visit Them

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The families of the three American hikers being held in Iran will be allowed to visit them, Iran
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Postby Todd » Fri May 21, 2010 6:30 am

Detained hikers in Iran try to "give each other a lot of support"

By the CNN Wire Staff

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran met with their children on Thursday, Iran's Press TV reported, airing pictures of the tearful reunion.

Sarah Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Josh Fattal, 27, were detained last July. Their families say the three accidentally strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"I was happy to see the video of the reunion," said the hikers' attorney, Masoud Shafii. "I didn't expect them to show it on TV, but they did."

The hikers met with their mothers for about eight hours alone, he later said. Shafii said Thursday that he had yet to meet with the hikers.

At a government-controlled news conference held at a Tehran hotel, the hikers spoke publicly for the first time.

"We see each other twice a day," Bauer told reporters at the news conference. "We exercise a lot, read a lot, study -- at least these last few months we've been able to do that, have had more material to do that. Try to be active as much as possible."

Shourd, Bauer's girlfriend, called their treatment by Iranian authorities "decent."

"It's really difficult being alone. Shane and Josh are in the room together, but I'm alone. And that's the most difficult thing for me," she said. "But I see them twice a day."
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She said they receive good food and access to television and reading materials. Prison officials are looking for a suitable cellmate for Shourd, Shafii said, as she is housed separately from the men.

"The hour a day I have with Shane and Josh, I try to make the most of it. I know we sing together and tell each other stories about our lives and everything about each other," Shourd said. "We try to just give each other a lot of support in the little time we have together. The rest of the time I exercise and read. That's all there is to do."

The hikers' mothers have requested a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Shafii said. "They came with the hope of seeing them and asking for their children's freedom. I'm not sure if the meeting is going to happen, but that's what they want."

Right before the trip, Shroud's mother, Nora, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she wanted to meet with Ahmadinejad "to thank him for the gift of allowing us to go and see them, and to give us the bigger gift of their release."

Asked whether the three could be released soon, the attorney said, "It's not clear right now. The investigation is not over. Once the investigation is over, then the case goes to trial, and there will be (a) defense so it looks like it could take some time, but from a diplomatic standpoint, anything can happen."

Fattal's mother, Laura Fattal, last week picked up visas that enabled her and the two other mothers to enter Iran to visit their children. They had applied for visas six months ago.

Shafii said a Swiss ambassador had told him the mothers met with their children at Hotel Esteghlal (Independence), an upscale hotel in northern Tehran, Thursday afternoon. That would mean the hikers were taken out of Tehran's Evin prison for the meeting.

The three Americans have not been formally charged, although Tehran has said they will face trial on espionage charges.

They have had little contact with the outside world since their arrests. They made a brief phone call home March 9 and have had access to a few letters and messages sent by relatives, friends and supporters.

The Swiss ambassador met with the detainees last month and said Bauer and Shourd were in poor health and were considering a hunger strike.

"What's most important is Sarah Shourd's ailment," Shafii said. Shourd suffers from an ongoing condition and needs to see a doctor every few months, he said. "This hasn't happened, and I've told investigators about this," he said, adding that he asked Shourd's mother for a medical history, and her mother has brought the information.

The three decided against a hunger strike, he said, after meeting with Swiss diplomats. The Swiss have been representing American interests in the case in the absence of formal U.S.-Iran diplomatic relations.

CNN's Reza Sayah and Brian Todd contributed to this report.

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Mothers Fail to Secure Release of U.S. Hikers in Iran

Postby Todd » Sat May 22, 2010 3:04 pm

Mothers Fail to Secure Release of U.S. Hikers in Iran, as Iranian Detainees Freed

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May 20: The mothers of 3 Americans detained in Iran hug their children at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran.

The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months were expected to arrive back in the U.S. after visiting their children in Tehran but failing to secure their release.

The Swiss ambassador in Iran told AP Television News there were no negotiations with Iranian officials to free their children. Washington and Tehran broke off diplomatic relations following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and Switzerland handles U.S. interests in Iran.

"The point was that they should see their children. They have seen them quite a lot over the last two days," Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti said late Friday in an interview at the Tehran airport after the mothers left the country. "It was a visit to the children. That was the purpose."

Also, Iran announced Friday that two of its nationals held in Iraq by U.S. forces for years had been freed, raising the possibility that a behind-the-scenes swap was in the offing or that their release was a gesture of goodwill in an attempt to free the Americans.

The Iranians' release "may have some diplomatic effect on this case," the Americans' lawyer, Masoud Shafii, told the AP.

The U.S. has said it is not offering a direct swap, and Iranian officials made no public connection between the freed Iranians and the Americans.

The Americans -- Sarah Shourd, 31; her boyfriend, Shane Bauer, 27; and their friend Josh Fattal, 27 -- have been held in Iran since July, when they were arrested along the Iraqi border. Iran has accused them of espionage; their families say that the three were hiking in Iraq's largely peaceful mountainous northern Kurdish region and that if they crossed the border, it was accidental.

The mothers -- Nora Shourd, of Oakland, California; Cindy Hickey, of Pine City, Minnesota; and Laura Fattal, of suburban Philadelphia -- had hoped to at least make a face-to-face appeal for their children's release to Iranian leaders. They were expected to arrive Saturday afternoon in New York on a flight from Dubai, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Asked whether there were any positive signs from Iranian authorities, Agosti told APTN: "Well, they were very generous in the time that they allotted the mothers to be with their children. So it was a good gesture."

Their detention has become entangled in the confrontation between the United States and Iran. Iranian leaders have repeatedly suggested a link between their jailing and that of a number of Iranians by the United States whose release Tehran demands. Further increasing tensions, the U.S. announced before the mothers' arrival in Tehran that it had support from other major powers for a new set of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.

Iran has said it allowed the mothers to visit the Americans as a humanitarian gesture, and state TV gave heavy coverage to the mother's first reunion with their children Thursday at the high-rise Estaghlal hotel near Evin prison, where the Americans were being held. They embraced, kissed and cried, then sat for a lavish meal in the hotel restaurant. It was the first public look at the three young Americans since their detention.

Josh Fattal told reporters, "We hope we're going home soon, maybe with our mothers."

They appeared healthy, wearing jeans and polo-style shirts. Sarah Shourd wore a maroon head scarf. They described their routines behind bars and being allowed books, letters from home, the ability to exercise and the one hour each day they are all together.

The three Americans were taken back to Evin after the meeting, witnesses at the hotel told AP.

They are all graduates of the University of California at Berkeley. The last direct contact with their families had been a five-minute phone call in March.

Iran has hinted in the past that it wants to swap the three Americans for a number Iranians being held by the United States -- including several who have been tried and convicted in the United States over violations of American sanctions on Iran. Also among them is a nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, who disappeared during a visit last year to Saudi Arabia, raising speculation he defected to the West.
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Postby Todd » Mon May 24, 2010 2:22 pm

2 of 3 U.S. hikers detained in Iran get engaged

[Updated at 10 a.m. ET] Two of three American hikers who have been detained in Iran for nearly 10 months - Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd - have gotten engaged in prison and plan to get married after their release, their relatives said Monday.

The third hiker, Josh Fattal, plans to be best man at the wedding, the relatives said in a statement.

The three hikers' mothers learned of the engagement when they visited Bauer, Shourd and Fattal in Iran last week.

"Shane told me that he proposed to Sarah in the yard of Evin prison on January 6, the very same day that we applied for our visas to go visit them," Bauer's mother, Cindy Hickey, said in the written statement. "We're all so overjoyed at the news but it's obviously impossible to know when the wedding will take place."

The couple wears engagement rings that Bauer made from threads he pulled from his shirt, the statement said.

"Sarah couldn't wait to show me her ring," said Shourd's mother, Nora Shourd. "It's one of the things that keeps her going - knowing that she and Shane have this unbreakable bond and a friend in Josh who will always be there for them."

Iranian authorities detained the three after they reportedly crossed the border into Iran by accident while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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hikers seized by Iranian police in Iraq

Postby Todd » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:00 pm

Report: U.S. hikers seized by Iranian police in Iraqi territory

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 24, 2010 7:53 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts government claims they crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions.

The article written for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

"The witnesses, who followed the Western-looking hikers out of curiosity, say that around 2 p.m. on July 31 (2009), as the hikers descended the mountain, uniformed guards from NAJA, Iran's national police force, waved the hikers toward the Iranian side using 'threatening' and 'menacing' gestures," the article says.

"When their calls were ignored, one officer fired a round into the air. As the hikers continued to hesitate, the guards walked a few yards into Iraqi territory, where they lack jurisdiction, and apprehended them," according to the article.

Bauer has previously denied government claims that the hikers crossed into Iranian territory.

The witnesses are residents of a Kurdish village in northern Iraq called Zalem, according to the story written by Babak Sarfaraz, a pseudonym for a journalist in Iran. Since the community lies a few miles from the Iranian border, they asked not to be identified, fearing retaliation from Iranian forces, the article said.

The magazine said its reporting was based on a five-month investigation. CNN could not independently confirm the story and a senior State Department official said the agency can't corroborate the report.

"It was very concerning for me to see the details of this," Cindy Hickey, Bauer's mother, told CNN. "It sends a shudder down my spine."

"All of this is still mysterious," said Nora Shourd. "This raises a lot of questions for us."

The three Americans have been held for nearly a year. Their mothers visited them in Iran in May.

Last week, the women said the Iranian government should either prosecute or free the three.

In a statement, the mothers also called for more consular access for their children and for them to be able to call their families.

They also asked that Shourd be moved from solitary confinement.

"Shane, Sarah and Josh have been detained in Iran without due process for almost 11 months, in continued violation of Iranian and international law," the mothers said.

"To continue to detain our children without regard for their legal and human rights reinforces suspicions that they are being held in a cynical attempt by Iran to exert leverage with the United States. Iran has no legitimate reason at this stage not to release them or move forward with a fair trial in which our children can openly answer any allegations against them."

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Postby Todd » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:46 pm

Iran says it will release 1 of 3 jailed Americans on Saturday

Published September 09, 2010


TEHRAN, Iran (AP)
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Postby Todd » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:49 pm

Iran to release American hiker Sarah Shourd, official says

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 9, 2010 4:44 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year, will be released Saturday, Iranian officials said Thursday.

An official at Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance said earlier Thursday that one of the three would be freed this weekend, after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, without specifying which one. But Bak Sahraei, a representative for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, told CNN that Shourd was designated for release "very soon."

The Culture Ministry official said one of Iran's vice presidents will be present when the hiker is released at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Shourd, along with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Tehran has said the three hikers were spies, and Iran's intelligence minister has hinted the country may consider releasing them in exchange for the release of Iranian prisoners, according to state news outlets.

Masoud Shafii, the Iranian lawyer who represents the hikers, said he has put in a formal request for the trio's release within the past two weeks. Shafii said he told prosecutors that a year had passed since their arrests and the government had not shown any just cause for their imprisonment, and that Shourd has a medical condition that requires proper care.

After the news first broke Thursday, the mothers of all three said they had seen the reports and were "urgently seeking further information."

"We hope and pray that the reports are true and that this signals the end of all three of our children's long and difficult detention," Cindy Hickey, Nora Shourd and Laura Fattal said in a joint statement. "Shane, Sarah and Josh are all innocent and we continue to call for their immediate release, so that they can return home together and be reunited with our families."

Upon release, Shourd would be leaving her fiance behind in prison. The families announced in spring that Shourd and Bauer got engaged in prison and plan to be married when they're both released.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, "We don't know, frankly, what Iran is contemplating at this point." He said the United States was making inquiries through the Swiss government, which represents U.S. interests in Tehran.

"Obviously, if this turns out to be true, this is terrific news," Toner said. "The hikers' release is long overdue, and I would just stress that we hope that it's all three hikers."
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