U.S. hikers to stand trial Sunday in Iran
U.S. hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal will be tried in Iran on Sunday for spying and trespassing.
February 5th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

U.S. hikers to stand trial Sunday in Iran

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.

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  1. Krissy

    The old saying goes. You made your bed, now sleep in it. Those people hate us with a passion. There are lots of beautiful places to hike and you choose Iran. Does'nt make sense. Does'nt add up.

    February 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Sidewinder...nifty story you tell. (3rd base) When I was a little feller, we used to cut-accross this old codgers property on our daily trek to school. Kid's had been doing this for generations. (old one-room schoolhouse way up in the Rocky mtns.) Anyhoo, this old bassterd built a fence, so we just hopped over it. He complained to the town council. Since he himself had leaned on "grandfather clauses" that allowed him to have a bigger sign for his store in town than new merchants were allowed to erect, we kid's were also "grandfathered-in"! He had to allow us access as had been customary for decades. Hope I never get that old. (mentally) And thanx for sharing your personal experiences that shed light on perspectives. And again, who are you Sidewinder?

    February 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Krissy...do you really believe that there is not one decent man living in Iran? Not one man who loves his family, his job, his home? Surely there are many such men to be found in any country. Would you not agree?

    February 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I really don't think she said that. It's like driving in the snow, it's not the good drivers you have to worry about

      February 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @leeintulsa...it sounded to me like she said "those people[Iranians] hate us with a passion." And get real...when have governments not accused the peoples of foreign lands of hating us citizens? Really, not all of us hate each other. Just the people who approve of this hatred, and the associated profits.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    And even "good" drivers have accidents btw. I think it has something to do with human reaction time being limited to 4/10ths of a second.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zion

    @ mike: yes we have bigger balls enough to say shut-up! If u have no education and understanding of matters, it is best u watch and listen before u sound like a naive sad kid. Iran has more dignity 10x than usa. At least they honest at best to not murder innocent travelers. Let em judge their captives like we do ours every day here in the us!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. zion

    @ mike: yes we have bigger balls enough to say shut-up! If u have no education and understanding of matters, it is best u watch and listen before u sound like a naive sad kid. Iran has more dignity 10x than usa. At least they're honest at best to not murder innocent travelers or come here and steal ppl at night and sent to torture to forcefully produce infos the need to inflict great sorrow on us for greed. Let em judge their captives like we do ours every day here in the us!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zion

    @Phil: well said! In addition to your point, only the people we cause untold injustice hate us all for logical reasons: we let our fed steal their children's future in our name, and fake democracy. Than, as a nation of fast foodS (i like BK) slaves, we sit around like the fed own us. Until we control our family, we'll pay for their shames as long ppl are kept slaves and libel terrorists in the own lands. Teach your house to respect our neighbors, or we may only have made enemies.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Krissy

    Well said.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Krissy

    I never said they were'nt decent. You going to deny they hate us?

    February 7, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    hey phillip glad i found where u been hiding out.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tomas

    @Krissy: I am not sure where you question is directed. But for your answer, it is evident that "they" hate "us"! I personally think the rights question we ought to ask is: why? And until we honest, we has never as the right question in this country. Mostly when it comes matters involving politicians. Shying away from that root of awakening, which could lead us out the world's enemies-zone shows we're what we are as the nation our fed misrepresents!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Krissy...do the Iranians hate US enough to invade our country? I mean how much easier could it be for an hateful pack of Iranians to sneak in disguised as illegal Mexicans and do untold damage. If the Iranian people hated US as we are told, we would see them here. And of course many of them hate, just like many US citizens have hatred towords one another as expressed in murder, raypez, child-molestation, etc. Krissy, it's not the Iranian people who hate US. We hate ourselves, and it shows.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    chrissy...I see you there. And I missed you again dagnabit!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @Zion...thank you for your comment and for the "well said". But let me make this clear: each of the worlds powerful nations have their owb fed/central banks and they all anwer to the B.I.S., not any government. And for the most part they bleed their own peoples dry, but do go international. Usually the stock market is their avenue of choice with a military option to enforce illegal activity if things should go south. he he, now who want to borrow my decoder ring and decipher that one! he he..and i'm outta coffee this am!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
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