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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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    OMG... Mohammed BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as Ruffles...coming to a theater near you! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

    July 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CNN's Ashley Fantz

    hopefull they find these guys guilty so i can have a job next week...

    July 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    i want to make a new movie.. "knights and aliens.." it'll take place in the dark ages..

    July 31, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    and the plot *is* ?

    July 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    well...the "dragons" are actually aliens.. and they eat us for food.. till one man has enuff and stands up to the aliens... most humans hide in caves and in castles... but sir.ruffnutt starts kicking but and training other knights..

    July 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    While sir Mixa-Ruff plays the 70's theme song to the movie, right ? (grinning)

    July 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    more like something less known.. like "skinny puppy's " " greater wrong of right " cd... song "downsizer" or "mr.bungle" songs of the califoria cd..

    July 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    k, interesting I'll have to youtube. tell me where did you get this quick witt humor from ? it's exactly the kind I love.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    half of it comes outta my dad..the other half is from inside my mom...

    July 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ahhh, your a smartie-pants aren't you! yes you *are* correct!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    wanna see a good movie= "executioners from shoalin" one of my fav's
    .
    another one is= "black cat run" or "baby face nelson" <-b movies

    July 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BRUCE LEEROY.

    dont forget my movie ->barry gordan's " the last dragon"

    July 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    Your killien me Ruffles! LAMO please STOP! He He

    July 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Bruce Lee-roy ha ha good one buddy

    July 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    Right here...for now, until I have to change my name again...
    And, Ruffie,
    It's KGB:
    Kick ass Great Body!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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