Iran's semi-official news agency ILNA reported Friday that the release
of American hiker Sarah Shourd has been "canceled," because legal procedures have not been completed.
Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year,
was supposed to be released Saturday.
She, along with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were detained July 31, 2009,Â after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hikingÂ in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
What legal procedures have one ounce of meaning in a country controlled by a dictator?
Why is anyone surprised with this? They lie! All of us have read these 3 young people accidently crossed into their border. All we have is their word. Do not listen to what they say, watch what they do instead. The three young people should of been released long ago.
I don't think this minister in FL should be blamed for Sarah not to be released. Everything we read is doulbe standards, they can spit and laugh at us and it's suppose to be acceptable. God forbid we say one word we are called racist or infidels. Enough!!
Dear God....we pray for all the racist infidels.
Tell us, do you have those feelings about someone crossing our borders illegally?
Iran is just playing games Look at all the attention they are getting.
So sad she and her family are going thru this but not surprised given how evil a country Iran is.
So the Iranian govt got to look good for the end Ramadan, but also knew they were then going to pull a stunt like this. What exactly will it take for everyone to realize the complete dishonesty of that govt?
saddens me the hikers aren't being released. This is an outrage being held a year for nothing! Ahmadinejad is a punk DIE! #iran #freehikers
I'd bet you don't have those feelings about someone crossing our borders illegally, do you?
I'm not surprised in the least, I mean we are talking about Iran. Honestly when I first heard Iran was going to release one of the hikers I thought to myself " I'll believe it when I see it".
Let her go now Iran! http://www.scoreface.com
I read some of these comments and it just is frightening How Stupid and petty people are. Three young peoples lives are at stake and half of you keep saying Why would you hike near there? IT DOESNT MATTER THEY ALREADY DID so lets focus on trying to get them out and not judging their actions. IT dosent do any good to say they shouldnt have done it, No maybe they shouldnt have but they did and this is where we are at now. Should've would've could've, DOESNT HELP!!
Let's don't. You just don't respond to every idiot that does something that got themselves into trouble. Sometimes you have to be responsible for your poor choices. They deserve diplomatic pressure and perhaps sanctions, but we know that does no good. So, they are at the mercy of their captors. I wouldn't risk one American troop to help release these hippy adults who made very, very poor choices. Besides, dollars to donuts, before this, they were the first to mock America and American troops. Stupid eco-hipsters.
Dan, The 3 hikers were educated people who knew we were in a war in Iraq and on bad terms with Iran. Did you read the comments that said perhaps these 3 were there to spy? â€” then claim to be "just hikers" when caught? Don't you think this is more plausible than believing they naively strayed over the border? Spies are detained in US also.
Actually, none of the comments in this forum are helping or impeding the release of the hikers, I'm sure the state department isn't monitoring this article looking for fresh ideas on how to get those Americans home.
I beat you to it about 30 comments in, imperial pig.
sounds like Midnight Express all over again.
Oh, you mean where the stupid North American heroin smuggler got caught, much like these eco-hippy's got caught being stupid? B y the way. That guy in Midnight Express deserved the death penalty. Lucky for him he escaped. Should we have sent American troops into rescue that loser? Hell no. Not these eco-hipster's either.
I don't think I have seen one post that has addressed hiking in Iraq being a bad idea, much less hiking hear the border of Iran.
I say encourage all of America's hippy dippy eco-tourist types to hike the Iraq/Iran border.
Keep em. They knew what they were doing and were either stupid or trying to get caught.
There appear to be no lack of mean people writing right to this column. (a) Haven't heard people carrying on so about hippies since I was young enough to be mistaken for one, about four decades ago; (b) Where they were captured, there's nothing worth spying on; (c) Even if they were "spies", it is neither legal nor good manners to grab them across the border. SEE Venlo Incident, WW II.