New video aims to prove US hikers held in Iran crossed border innocently

New video of US hikers h

October 27, 2009 14:51

The families of three Americans being held in Iran plan to release video footage that they say proves the three were simply on vacation and had no underhanded intentions when they strayed across the border. Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, have been detained since July 31. They apparently crossed into Iran by accident while hiking in a scenic area in northern Iraq. They have been visited by Swiss diplomats, who oversee US interests in Iran, but have had no contact with their families. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said last week that investigators are still questioning the three and that their fate rests with judicial authorities. 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." "These kids were on vacation. They were just traveling; they were having a good time ... why in the world are they sitting in jail in Iran?" asked Nora Shourd, Shourd's mother, in a phone interview Monday.

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