September 15th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

Hiker's mom: 'Its our turn to have our kids back with us'

Cindy Hickey, left, and Laura Fattal ask for Iran to release their sons from a Tehran prison.

The mothers of two U.S. men still being held in Iran told CNN they are hopeful their sons will soon be able to join recently released detainee Sarah Shourd and enjoy their freedom too.

"What we really want of course is there release," Laura Fattal said on CNN's American Morning. "We're so happy Sarah's home - but its our turn to have our kids back with us."

Laura Fattal appeared on CNN with Cindy Hicky to appeal to Iran to release their two sons who have been detained for more than a year. They spoke out a day after Sarah Shourd was released from Iran and reunited with her mother in Muscat, Oman after Iranian authorities released her from a Tehran prison where she had been held for 14 months.

The three Americans were detained after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Iran accused the three of spying, a charge the United States and the hikers have denied.

Shourd, 32, left behind fellow Americans Shane Bauer, 28, who is her fiance, and their friend, Josh Fattal, 28.

Laura Fattal made a plea to Iran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad toelease the two men to end a situation that she says should have been avoided from the beginning

"Iran knows they have three innocent hikers, one of which they released," Fattal told CNN.

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  1. Deb Lawrence

    Glad to hear that they released one of the hikers in Iran. I just wondered how many illegals crossing the border would still do so if they were caught and tried as spies like the hikers in Iran? We are way to soft on illegals which is why we have so many crossing over.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • red peters

      Ragheads should have kept them. 50 states in AMERICAN to enjoy.

      September 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. southern lady

    Why were they there in the first place? Hiking there? In a restricted area? Sorry there are over privilaged idiots who didnt think the rules applied to them. Now it costing the government millions of dollars because they are stupid! sorry dont feel sorry for them.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      They did nothing wrong and we have not "spent" any government moneies to free them if the media or citizens have spent money to help there freedom that is their right to do so. The Swiss Embassy paid, so go yell at them. Get your facts straight before you comment. It was a free area to hike which many hikers traverse this area every year. If it is a controlled area it should be marked better.

      September 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Northern Lady

      Southern lady. I feel sorry for you. These are innocent americans who were probably on a trip of a life time that ended horribly wrong. Our government hasn't paid a cent during there entire ordeal. $500,000 has been paid by a unspecified source, most likely a promisary note. Get your facts straight.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marko

      Exactly! These three traveled to a country (Iraq) that is in turmoil, walked into an avowed enemy of the United States (Iran), and now we here whines and money being thrown about. They made the decision. It's like walking into a minefield with barbed-wire fence and huge signs, then crying about getting hurt.
      There are literally tens of thousands of other places to hike in over 200 other countries, and they pick Iraq and Iran. Excellent. This is natural selection in action. Let them rot in an Iranian prison. They will not be around to make more idiots.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • 940400

      To Northern Lady: If this was the trip of their lives to go hiking in a WAR ZONE then I feel sorry for them. All they had to do was sign up in the Army and they could have had 2 maybe even 3 trips of a lifetime!!!
      No,these people were just plain STUPID!!! To hike on the most violent border area in the world is just DUMB!!! I wonder if their parents went "trip of a lifetime" on the quaint and scenic HO CHI MINH Trail during the 60's???

      September 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tiffany

    Guys: FYI, I hear North Korea has some awesome hiking trails!!!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Marko

      There's also beautiful views in southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan that these people might want to enjoy.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ana from Portugal

    I am glad you are back home, but sorry to say that due to an big selfish ignorancy you have caused so much problems and make your government loose money that could be used to improve injustice situations, that is not the case.
    I hope that you and others have learned the lesson.
    A terrible one indeed , but that may be you deserved to have to dare to play with the fire !

    September 15, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • say what


      September 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carissa

    "What we really want of course is there release," – Please correct the spelling. I have OCD, and that just gave me a panic attack.

    September 15, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Karie

      I noticed this as well. Please correct it, it's fairly inexcusable!

      September 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carissa

    Dear Ana from Portugal and Southern Lady, I am sorry but you both are incredibly ignorant. These hikers were on selfless missions and were contributing to the society of the countries they toured. What happened to them was unjust and inexcusable. They did nothing wrong. It may have been "restricted" but it was also unmarked! You should be so lucky as to know someone that was on the type of journey they were on! Millions of dollars were not spent on their release, you would know that if you knew that she was released for $500k. The US, didn't even pay this either. Thank you Swiss Embassy. Sarah you have more support than you know I have faith that your fiance and friend will be let out soon too. Please know in your heart that there are many with you, even if you do not hear our voices.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • red peters

      What a joke. Iran should have kept them.

      September 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • caveman

      she probably went around apologizing for the US and horrible the country is. yet it is through the US that she is free. she's also a coward – if she and her selfless missions is as noble as you claim, she would have stayed in iran with her companions until they all go home ( mccain). this health thing sounds bogus. their entire trip is ridiculous.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 940400

      That's why an experienced hikers have maps,gps etc. They also make sure that they give themselves a cushion of at least 4-5 kil. in this case. I hike around the world. You do not,Do NOT allow yourself to be that close. They were very, very foolish. So don't hand me this that they were hiking and just happened to wander over. Good hikers do not do this. They
      take precaustions. They didn't and I wonder why??

      September 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 940400

      That's why an experienced hikers have maps,gps etc. They also make sure that they give themselves a cushion of at least 4-5 kil. in this case. I hike around the world. You do not,Do NOT allow yourself to be that close. They were very, very foolish. So don't hand me this that they were hiking and just happened to wander over. Good hikers do not do this. They
      take precautions. They didn't and I wonder why??

      September 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angus McDugan

    Listen Moms, Unless your kids are CIA agents or in the military then tell them not to be tweaking the nose of a radical country where Americans are hated. It cost America political capital in the world. We need to devote our attention on other issues.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex Martinez

    Very nice and humane to volunteer on mission to help other fellow human beings. Just picked the wrong place to help at. In my view, they're just idiots.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. samantha

    “What we really want of course is there release,”

    Don't you mean "their"? Need an editor?? I'd be happy to help!

    September 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carissa

    Caveman – We should be apologizing to them for the war and the bombing and killing civilians. It cause of switzerland that she is free, not because of the US. This country is so broke we couldn't put up the bail! The health thing isn't bogus because Iran evaluated her and it was those results that they decided to free her. You think Iran wouldn't do their homework?

    September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • caveman

      so you are saying US had no interest in freeing her, it was the Swiss that acted out of their own motivation and put up the money from their own pockets?

      get a clue – iran is under sanctions, US cannot make direct payments.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Wakeford

    Hey Morons! How is it you get lost hiking with GPS device??? Or perhaps you only had a map. Let me guess: You had neither? I say you are Morons! I have done my share of hiking, NEVER to lose sight of where I was, evan as an 8 year old. Sorry, these morons will get NO sympathy from me.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Violet

    CNN, honest to God, get a copy editor or at least fire this writer. Grammatical and spelling errors all over the place.

    September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nelson

    Idiots...the hikers and that Iranian dictador. It's time for a surgical strike.

    September 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shiloh

    I think Iran should keep them. They werent on any peace mission or anything of that nature. They wanted to become famous for being stupid. Before they got grabbed they called thier fourth friend that stayed back and said I think we are about to be grabbed by the did they know who was coming to grab them up? PLUS the Iraqis told them not to go because they are going to a restricted area. I think they went to this place for that purpose. The US doesnt pay for people's freedom especially to a country like Iran. I believe that if you do stupid things, stupid things will happen to you.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    In reality Ms. Shourd hasn't totally been release. She is still in Oman which paid her bail, and probably will keep her until both of the hikers in Iran go on trial, and she might be able to go back from Oman back to Iran for the trial. Her been checked out medically in Oman puzzel me, she should have been in the States by now, been checked by probably better doctors. I believe Oman going to keep her for awhile.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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