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

    only when you reach the finnal level can you get the "glow"...
    .
    if the hikiers had reached the final level they could have kicked some but

    July 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sho-nuff

    i am the master, and you will bow down be fore me....

    July 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    How about 'baby-face cat'?

    July 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    barry gordons " the last cat-faced baby dragon"...

    July 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Banasy , better one still! girlie girl, how you shaping up for today...missed you pal

    July 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    the Dragon has bigger claws

    July 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    lioness claws mixed with dragon scales ... only a master that has reached the final level will be able to withstand a full attack..

    July 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. remo williams

    i could kick bruce leeroys behind.. and that babyfaced dragon...

    July 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Bigger claws?
    You haven't seen ME when I get irate....

    July 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    the only problem with haveing a "cat faced baby dragon" is that i would have to use the swimming pool as a litter box... and have a dump truck bring the kitty litter...

    July 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Remo Williams....now I haven't heard that name tossed about in *years*...

    July 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Remo, what weapons do you have? that would bring down a Dragon!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Well, then, how about a dragon-faced baby cat?

    July 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. remo williams

    pressure points... i would stab him in the armpits..

    July 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    how about a redo of snow dogs... cept "snow-cats"

    July 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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