American hikers freed from prison in Iran

Two American hikers imprisoned as spies in Iran for more than two years were released on bail Wednesday, a U.S. official said.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were convicted last month of entering Iran illegally and spying for the United States, and each sentenced to eight years in prison.

Fattal and Bauer were arrested along with a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, in July 2009 after apparently straying over an unmarked border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran. Shourd was freed earlier on medical grounds.


TrixibelleBento 3 years, 10 months ago

Folks, stop hiking in areas that border hostile countries. I'm getting weary of rescuing people from innocent activities that anyone with common sense would know is dangerous. There is little doubt that these folks were just enjoying a hobby in a different area of the world that holds majestic beauty. However, Iran isn't our friend and if you're that naive to think that hiking along the border isn't threatening anyone, then you should be hiking in our country instead. Use your head next time!

I'm glad they're going free finally. I hope they've learned a very important lesson!


rural_country_girl 3 years, 10 months ago

They call it bail. I call it ransom. This is nothing more than robbery.


firefly 3 years, 10 months ago

IDEA!!! This is how we can get our national debt down. Start capture illegal aliens, then charge their home countries $1 million "bail" to get them out. National debt will be down to $0 in no time! Oh wait, other countries could care less about their people.


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