MINNEAPOLIS — Shane Bauer wove an engagement ring out of threads from his shirt, then met his girlfriend in an unlikely place for a marriage proposal: the exercise yard of the Iranian prison where the couple has been locked up for nearly a year.
The mothers of both young Americans said Monday that their children would get married whenever they were released. They were taken into custody and accused of spying for the US when they went for a hike last July along the border between Iraq and Iran.
The engagement "shows they're continuing to have hope. They're planning for the future, which is very good," Bauer's mother, Cindy Hickey of Pine City, Minnesota, told The Associated Press, two days after she and Sarah Shourd's mother returned to the US following a short visit to see their children.
They were joined on the journey by the mother of a third American, Josh Fattal, Bauer's college roommate, who is also imprisoned and will be the couple's best man.