Iran to announce fate of US hikers soon

What is it with these guys and hostages? Three kids wander across an ill-defined border between Iraq and Iran and all of a sudden, Tehran files espionage charges against them.

These kids look like CIA agents like I look like Johnny Depp. Chicago Tribune:

Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested by Iranian forces in July 2009 on suspicion of spying after crossing into Iran from Iraq. Shourd was freed on bail in September 2010 and returned to the United States.

Under Iran's Islamic law, espionage can be punished by execution.

"The Sunday session was the last court session and their verdicts will be announced in the coming days," al-Alam quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei as saying without giving further details.


In November, Iran's judiciary announced espionage charges against the three. Their families said they were hiking and had strayed across the border accidentally. Washington says the charges are totally unfounded and they should be released.

The last hearing was scheduled for May 11 but was postponed without any explanation. Iranian authorities had previously called on Shourd to return to Tehran to stand trial alongside Fattal and Bauer.


Bauer and Fattal pleaded not guilty at a closed-door court hearing on February 6, but the lawyer said he had had no recent legal access to his clients.

If the CIA was going to hire people to infiltrate Iran, they should probably pick operatives who can read a compass or who possess a GPS device. Such logic escapes a government that orders the stoning of adulterers and the hanging of gay people.

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