American woman summoned back to Iran for spying trial

January 31, 2011 16:48


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TEHERAN — Iran says it has summoned an American woman to return to the country and stand trial on Feb. 6 along with two other Americans who are still in custody. The three are accused of spying.

The US citizens were arrested on July 31, 2009, after crossing the border from northern Iraq's scenic Kurdish region, where their families say they were vacationing and hiking.

Since her release on bail in September, Sarah Shourd has said they did not intentionally cross the unmarked border. She returned to the United States after 14 months in a Tehran jail.

Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi said a Revolutionary Court in Tehran has summoned Shourd to return and stand trial.

Her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal remain in prison in Iran.

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