Another Date Set For Hikers Detained In Iran

Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 6:27 am

A second session in the trial of the three Americans Hikers accused of spying in Iran has been scheduled. The session will be held on May 11.

A report out yesterday by the official IRNA news agency quotes the head of Tehran’s justice department as saying that the upcoming session will likely be closed, just like the first one was back on Feb. 6.

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were hiking in northern Iraq near the Iranian border in July 2009 when Iranian forces detained them. Iranian officials have accused them of spying for the U.S., but the Americans and their families say the espionage charges are untrue.

Bauer and Fattal plead not guilty in the February session. Shourd was released on bail last September and plead not guilty in absentia. She was ordered to return for her trial, but has not went back to Iran.

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