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US hikers make final appearance in Iranian court

08-01-2011 08:27 BJT

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Two American hikers have made their final court appearance in Tehran on charges of espionage. Their lawyer has expressed hope that they would soon be released. Sunday's fourth and the last session in Tehran's Revolution Court addressed the charges against Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer. Of the three, the female Sarah Shourd was released in 2010 on bail due to her health.

According to Iranian law, the court is obliged to issue the verdict within a week. The three Americans were arrested in Iran in July 2009 for illegally entering Iran's western border and later charged with espionage. But their families say they were just hiking and strayed across the border accidentally.



Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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