Families Of Hikers Release Statement
The families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal released a statement Sunday, one day after the announcement of the 8-year sentence the two have received in Iran.
The statement reads as follows:
“Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most difficult for our families. Shane and Josh are innocent and have never posed any threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran, its government or its people.
We are encouraged that the Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has said he hopes the case will proceed in a manner that will result in Shane and Josh’s freedom. We appeal to the authorities in Iran to show compassion and allow them to return home to our families without delay.
We also ask everyone around the world who trusts in the benevolence of the Iranian people and their leaders to join us in praying that Shane and Josh will now be released.”
Both men are 29 years old, and have 20 days to appeal the sentence. The Iranian government believes they were spying, and thus they were charged with espionage and illegal entry into the country.