Mother Sends Video Message Asking for Release of Hikers
The mother of Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers detained in Iran, appealed to the country’s Supreme Leader in a public video message today to show compassion and allow her daughter and her friends Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to return home to their families for the holidays. Bauer is a native of Minnesota and his mother lives in Pine City.
Bauer, 27, Shourd, 31, and Fattal, 27, have been held in Iran for almost five months and have no contact with their families. Now detained in Evin Prison, Tehran, they were arrested on July 31, 2009, when news reports say they accidentally crossed an unmarked border while on a brief hiking vacation in a resort area of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iranian news reports say the hikers will stand trial, but gave no specifics on charges. Shane Bauer’s mother, Cindy Hickey, said the families had no confirmation what charges the hikers face. “Shane, Sarah and Josh went on an eight-day vacation that has turned into a nightmare. It has now been 140 days and I wake up each morning hoping the nightmare will be over and that Shane is home,” Mrs. Hickey said.