International Community Asks for Release of Bauer, Other Hikers

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 8:16 am
Vigil in Pine City, Nov. 8, for Detained Hikers

Vigil in Pine City, Nov. 8, for Detained Hikers

Minnesota native Shane Bauer and his friends Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal have been detained in an Iranian prison for 124 days.   Wednesday, 80-people and organizations from various disciplines across the world sent a letter to Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, requesting the release of the three Americans.

Bauer’s mother Cindy Hickey lives in Pine City and his sisters graduated from Pine City High School.

The families of the American hikers claim the three accidentally crossed the Iranian border while hiking in Iraq in July.  In November, Iran charged the three with espionage.

In an interview with Red Rock Radio, Hickey called the accusations “totally ridiculous.”

The letter sent Wednesday to President Ahmadinejad states, “Shane, Sarah and Josh have demonstrated a great commitment to constructing a harmonious world. This commitment is evident from Shane’s work as a journalist Middle East, Sarah’s active support for the rights of women and the underprivileged and Josh’s dedication to a sustainable environment, all of which is documented.”

The mother’s of the three hikers sent a video message to their children on Thanksgiving eve.  See the video here.

1 Comment

  1. alvin fritsche 12/2/09 at 10:52am

    These hiker’s should have been alot more carefull, you are in forgein land. Americans are crazy to think they are safe anywhere in this world.

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