Iranian Pres. Responds to Release of Hikers
Pine City resident Cindy Hickey and the mother’s of the two other missing hikers in Iran sent a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, last week, asking that he release the three who accidentally wandered into Iran while hiking in the Middle East. Ahmadinejad spoke to the Associated Press through an interpreter, Tuesday, about the release of Hickey’s son Shane Bauer and the two others. The Iranian President is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and says that he will seek leniency for the hikers:
Hickey spoke to Red Rock Radio Tuesday and says the most difficult part is not knowing the status of her son.
Hickey went on to say that her and her family appreciate all the national and local support.
Bauer’s case is similar to other recent situations abroad. Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, was arrested for spying in in Iran and the two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling were arrested for entering Korea illegally. All three were eventually released. Hickey has spoken to their families and says they have given their support.
A special vigil will be held on Sunday, September 27th at the Spiritual Deli in Duluth for Shane and the two other missing hikers, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal.
The vigil will include a gathering of prayer and a silent auction. The money raised in the auction will go towards helping the families manage costs as they continue to try to bring their children home.