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Vigils Give Hope to Mother of Detained Hiker

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 am
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Hickey joins family and friends in a Vigil in Pine City on Nov. 8th

Prior to July 31st, Pine City resident Cindy Hickey thought she would spend Christmas in Damascus with her son Shane Bauer and his girlfriend Sarah Shourd.  Now, she is spending that time fighting for his freedom.

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Bauer, Shourd, and their friend Josh Fattal have been detained in Iran since late July.  Iranian officials say they will be charged with espionage.  The families of the three Americans say they accidentally wandered into Iran while hiking in Iraq.

Vigils were held across the country Tuesday, including in Shakopee, to raise awareness and support for the release of Bauer, Shourd, and Fattal.

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A similar vigil was held in Pine City in November.  Hickey says for her and her family these events help give hope.

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Earlier this month,  Iran’s Foreign Minister said the Americans will stand trial.   Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for their release and called the charges “unfounded.”

Hickey tells Red Rock Radio, there has been no contact with her son and his friends in two months.

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