US State Department: Iran to try US hikers

By REUTERS
May 11, 2011 03:17

WASHINGTON - Two Americans held in Iran on spying charges for nearly two years will go on trial on Wednesday, the State Department said on Tuesday, calling on Tehran to quickly resolve the case.

"We urge Iran to resolve this case as soon as possible. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been in prison for almost two years, and it's time to reunite them with their families," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

Fattal, Bauer, and American Sarah Shourd were arrested by Iranian forces on July 31, 2009, on suspicion of spying after crossing into Iran from Iraq.

Shourd, who was released on bail in September and returned home, has said they were innocent hikers and never intended to cross into Iran.


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