American hikers in Iran could be set free in a week, lawyer says
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, seen here in a file photo, have been detained in Iran for nearly two years.
July 31st, 2011
09:02 AM ET

American hikers in Iran could be set free in a week, lawyer says

An Iranian court is scheduled to issue a verdict within a week in the case of two American hikers detained in Iran, the hikers' lawyer Sunday.

Attorney Masoud Shafiei said Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are innocent of charges that they illegally entered Iran as spies. The lawyer reiterated at a hearing Sunday that the Americans have maintained their innocence throughout months of imprisonment.

If the court reaches a guilty verdict, Shafiei said the time the two have spent in Iranian custody is enough.

"I believe that even if the court finds my clients guilty, the two years that they have already served in prison would be considered as their sentence and they would be released," he said. Sunday's hearing occurred two years to the date of their arrest while hiking near the country's border with Iraq.

Fattal and Bauer could be freed within a week of a court order, according to the lawyer.

"My clients should not be considered spies, because they lack the characteristics and backgrounds of spies," he said. The lawyer said he hoped his "clients will be dealt with according to Islamic compassion," given that their hearing falls on the second anniversary of their arrest and at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the Iranian Students News Agency reported.

Read the full story on CNN.com, an opinion piece by journalist Lara Ling who was detained in North Korea, or learn about how the mothers of the hikers have struggled with their sons' long detainment.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    wonder if they will go hiking outta there.. or if they'll get a ride?

    July 31, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hiker

    @Ruffnutt: No we're going back. We need to continue our love of hiking on the border of a war torn country and one ran by a dictatorship.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    well this time run faster...

    July 31, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    All i see in this is speculation by the defense lawyer.. I'll be surprised, pleasantly, if these idiots ever get free.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. One Love

    Speculation? He is doing a darn good job as far as I can see, his points are valid Lee, don't you see? Ha Ha I rymed.
    Hey Ruff, Lee and Hiker, What's shaken?

    July 31, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ohhhhh, Queenie, I"m waiting... Come on my Girlie Girl ...I need some women time ! feelin kinda blue...so be true and stick like glue....you fuw ( trying to rym by saying fool in what sounds like fu , not cuss word, k...get me)
    COme out and play my pretty

    July 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Dummies

    "Hey guys, when we get out of here, let's go hike through North Korea into China! I here it's fantabulous up there!"

    July 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    i'd go hikeing in yellowstone... and find some of the weed...

    July 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    Just don't be smoking a *blunt* while hovering over the FALLS! LMAO

    July 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Benny

    Where's Banasy?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    i'd get that weed, smoke it, then get some picnic baskets....

    July 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    btw... ever notice those hikers look just like cia dudes...?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    ahhh, were are their glasses then?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    or is that FBI?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    im in the fbi she's in the kgb... fbi=female body inspector kgb= kinda good body...

    July 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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