The lawyer representing two U.S. hikers jailed in Iran has been denied a request to visit his clients on the eve of their trial for allegedly trespassing into the country, he told CNN on Saturday.
"I asked to see them before the trial, but the judge told me I couldn't," said Masoud Shafii.
The judge has granted Shafii permission to visit Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal for a few hours on Sunday prior to the start of the trial, Shafii said.
Bauer, 28, Fattal, 28, and Sarah Shourd, 32, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Prosecutors in Iran have charged them with spying and trespassing.
Last September, Iranian authorities released Shourd, on bail because of a medical condition. Shourd has not responded to a court summons this week to return and stand trial on Sunday, Shafii said. Iranian authorities said she will be tried in absentia if she doesn't appear in court.
Human rights groups have condemned their arrests and their lengthy wait for a trial in Iran's notorious Evin prison.FULL STORY