Iran Sentences American Hikers to 8 Years in Prison
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, along with companion Sarah Shourd, were hiking in Northern Iraq in 2009. They came across a dirt road near a waterfall and unknowingly crossed the Iran border. Bauer and Fattal have been imprisoned in Iran ever since, and today were sentenced to 8 years in prison for unlawful entry into Iran and spying for the U.S.
They have 20 days to appeal. Shourd was granted bond and returned to the U.S. Her case is still open.
Requests through the Swiss embassy in Tehran to free the men has fallen on deaf ears so far.
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