American hiker freed from Iran says she committed no crime

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 19, 2010 21:38

 
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NEW YORK — An American woman who was held in Iran for more than 13 months said she and two men detained with her never spied or committed any crime. Sarah Shourd said they believe their arrest was based on "a huge misunderstanding."

Shourd spoke at a news conference in New York on Sunday after flying back to the US. She was freed Tuesday.

She, her fiance and another man were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border. Iran has accused them of espionage.

The 32-year-old Shourd said in prepared remarks that the three were hiking in a popular tourist area in Iraq and didn't know they were near the border.

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