American hikers imprisoned in Iran call families in US

November 29, 2010 21:03

MINNEAPOLIS — Two Americans held in Iran on espionage charges told their families during brief phone calls over the weekend that they haven't had access to their lawyer and do not know what is happening in their cases, their families said Monday.

Both calls came early Saturday and lasted about five minutes each. Shane Bauer called the cell phone of his mother, Cindy Hickey of Minnesota, at about 6 a.m. Central time. Josh Fattal called his parents' suburban Philadelphia home about an hour later.Hickey said her son sounded "strong but frustrated." Fattal's mother, Laura Fattal, said it was "joyous" to hear her son's voice but that it also underlined her family's heartbreak at his continued imprisonment. Both mothers said the men have few details of Iran's case against them and haven't been allowed to speak to their Tehran-based attorney for several months.

"He said, 'I have no idea what's going on with my case, what's happening with it,'" Hickey said. "I just told him that we're working on this, to have faith that we're going to do everything we can to get him home."

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