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Hickey “Cautiously Encouraged” She Will See Son

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 6:10 am
Vigil Held in Pine City in Nov, 2009

Vigil Held in Pine City in Nov, 2009

The parents of the American hikers detained in Iran are hoping to see their children soon.  The mothers of the hikers, including Pine City resident Cindy Hickey, sent a letter on Monday to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requesting to see their loved ones.

Iran’s top human rights official said on Tuesday that authorities were considering the request.  Hickey says the news gives her hope.

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Hickey’s son Shane Bauer and his friends Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were imprisoned on July 31st.  Their families say they accidentally crossed the border while hiking in Iraq.  Iran’s chief prosecutor said they are accused of spying.

Monday marked the 200 day anniversary of the hikers detention.  Hickey and the families of the other two hikers have spent the past few days in New York trying to raise awareness of the case at the united nations.

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Hickey says she has no indication of when she may be able to see her son, but says if the request is granted, she will leave immediately.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Ahmadinejad said the decision to release the Americans was in the hands of the judiciary.  He repeated a previous request to have Iranian held in the United States released if Iran releases Bauer, Shourd and Fattal.

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