US hikers freed after two years of custody in Iran
Friday, September 23, 2011
Accused of spying, the men were arrested when they apparently strayed along the unmarked Iran–Iraq border in July 2009, and were recently sentenced to eight years in prison. Arrested with them was a third US hiker, Sarah Shourd, released in 2010 on medical grounds. All three have denied the charges.
The two hikers were bailed and their sentences commuted. Their Iranian attorney, Masoud Shafiei, stated Oman provided the bail.
The two arrived in Muscat, Oman late Wednesday, where they were met by waiting family members as well as fellow hiker Sarah Shourd.
- "Iran frees jailed US hiker 'spies' Bauer and Fattal" — , September 22, 2011
- "Freed American hikers leave Iran for Oman" — , September 22, 2011
- Associated Press. "Iran to free US hikers jailed as spies, lawyer confirms" — , September 21, 2011