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Iran Sentences American Hikers To 8 Years

By Ali Gharib on August 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

"Iran Sentences American Hikers To 8 Years"

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Two Americans known for being the hikers imprisoned in Iran were reportedly sentenced by a court there to 8 years in prison. Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, said they were merely hiking in Iraq near the Iranian border when they were arrested two years ago by the Islamic Republic and accused of espionage for the U.S. Today, despite hints they might be released, they received three years apiece for illegally entering the country and five apiece for spying. No public evidence has been presented in the case. They have 20 days to appeal the verdict.

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