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U.S. hiker ‘hid Israeli father from Iranian captors’

One of two US hikers freed from an Iranian jail where they were held for more than two years on charges of spying and illegal entry, has an Israeli father, Haaretz newspaper reported on Tuesday. Josh Fattal, who was released on Wednesday with fellow US hiker Shane Bauer, managed to…

U.S. hikers arrive home after two-year Iran ordeal

Two US hikers held by Iran for more than two years arrived back in the United States Sunday after the Gulf sultanate of Oman paid $1 million bail for their release from Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. “They landed two seconds ago,” Samantha Topping, a spokeswoman for the hikers’ families, told…

U.S. hikers freed by Iran to arrive home on Sunday

The two US hikers Iran recently released after holding in jail for more than two years are scheduled to arrive home on Sunday, a family spokeswoman told AFP. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, plan to leave Oman on Saturday and are “expected to arrive on US soil tomorrow,”…

U.S. hikers await judge’s signature to be free: lawyer

The lawyer of two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran told AFP on Saturday that everything was ready for their release, except for the signature of a judge to post bail. “Everything is in place to post bail (for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer) and to have them released,…

Clinton says Iran will free U.S. hikers

SAN FRANCISCO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was confident Iran would free two US hikers convicted of spying and rejected concerns about the delay in their release. “At this point we are not at all concerned because we have received word through a number…

Iran judiciary denies U.S. hikers’ release is imminent

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s judiciary said on Wednesday the release on bail of two U.S. citizens convicted of espionage was not imminent, state media reported, rejecting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s announcement that they will be freed in a couple of days. Analysts say the contrast between the judiciary’s statement and Ahmadinejad’s…

Iran to pardon U.S. hikers jailed for spying

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in interviews Tuesday that Iran would release two US hikers jailed for spying in a couple of days on bail which their lawyer said had been set at $500,000 each. “I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will…

U.S. hikers in Iran seek to appeal jail sentence

TEHRAN — The lawyer of two American hikers sentenced to eight years in jail on charges of espionage and illegal entry told AFP Sunday he has appealed the verdict, stressing his clients are innocent. “I appealed the verdict yesterday (Saturday) and it is up to the judges in the appeals…

US hikers’ relatives plead to Iran for ‘compassion’

The relatives of imprisoned Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on Sunday urged the Iranian government to show “compassion” and free the two men, one day after their eight-year prison sentences were made known. “Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most…

U.S. ‘deeply disappointed’ over hikers’ sentence

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she was “deeply disappointed” over the eight-year prison sentence given to two Americans who have said they had strayed unwittingly into Iran. “We are deeply disappointed that Iranian judicial authorities have sentenced Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal to eight years…

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