September 10th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

Release of U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd 'canceled,' Iran says

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,  after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking  in Iraq's Kurdistan region.


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  1. P S

    What legal procedures have one ounce of meaning in a country controlled by a dictator?

    Pure BS!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol AZ

    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!!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe American

      Dear God....we pray for all the racist infidels.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Tell us, do you have those feelings about someone crossing our borders illegally?

      September 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Iran is just playing games Look at all the attention they are getting.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debulator

    So sad she and her family are going thru this but not surprised given how evil a country Iran is.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jaebee

    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?

    September 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mona

    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

    September 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      I'd bet you don't have those feelings about someone crossing our borders illegally, do you?

      September 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Collin

    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".

    September 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MartyIsHere

    Let her go now Iran!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dan

    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!!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      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.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      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? — 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.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      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.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick


    September 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mahmoud ahmadinejad

      I beat you to it about 30 comments in, imperial pig.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jezibel

    sounds like Midnight Express all over again.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      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.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matthew

    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.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ric

    I say encourage all of America's hippy dippy eco-tourist types to hike the Iraq/Iran border.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. danl

    Keep em. They knew what they were doing and were either stupid or trying to get caught.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. La Piovra

    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.

    September 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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