February 19, 2014 |
On the morning of my appearance before an Iranian Revolutionary Court, where I was convicted on a fabricated charge of espionage, I heard the chant "Death to America!" from the world beyond my prison window. The chant, and the associated stereotype of Islamic Iran, was quite different from what I heard in Section 209, the grim area of Evin Prison where political detainees are beaten, tortured and held without charge. As Americans, my friend and cellmate Shane Bauer and I were denied contact with Iranian inmates during our imprisonment there.
August 1, 2011 |
Iranian authorities will announce a verdict and sentence within days in the case of two U.S. hikers arrested two years ago near an unmarked section of the Iran-Iraq border, their lawyer and court officials said Sunday after what appeared to be the final court hearing in the case. On the anniversary of their July 31, 2009, arrest, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal spent four hours at a hearing at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, where they face charges of espionage and trespassing. "The last session was held," Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying by the state-owned Al Alam television channel.
January 9, 2011 |
A high-ranking Iranian security official confirmed reports of the arrest of a woman described as an American spy, state media reported, but her nationality remained in question Saturday. Brig. Gen. Amir-Ahmad Geravand of the national border police first told reporters that a 34-year-old American woman named Hal Talaian had been arrested near the town of Jolfa along the Iran-Azerbaijan border, state-controlled Al Alam television and the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported. But in a later radio interview, Geravand hedged his remarks on her nationality.
May 21, 2010 |
Three Americans jailed in Iran since allegedly straying into the country during a hiking expedition 10 months ago embraced their mothers Thursday in an emotional reunion. The mothers of Sarah Shourd, 31, Shane Bauer, 27, and Joshua Fattal, 27, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday night after they were granted visas to visit their children, who had been accused at various points of trespassing and espionage. "This gesture shows that Iran distinguishes between American people and the American government," said Fattal, during the reunion, in a room on the 15th floor of northern Tehran's Esteghlal Hotel in the presence of TV cameras and journalists.
September 13, 2011 |
Two American hikers held by Iran since 2009 will be released on bail in the coming days, Iran's president and the men's lawyer said Tuesday. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal will be freed once bail of $500,000 each is paid, attorney Masoud Shafii said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC television's "Today" show that the men would be freed "in a couple of days. " Bauer and Fattal, both 29-year-old graduates of UC Berkeley, were sentenced last month to eight years in prison for espionage and illegal entry.
January 9, 2011 |
Confusion continued to surround the fate of a woman described as an American spy Saturday by a high-ranking Iranian security official who said she had been arrested. The U.S. State Department, however, denied the woman was in Iranian custody. Iranian Brig. Gen. Amir-Ahmad Geravand of the national border police first told reporters that a 34-year-old American woman named Hal Talaian had been arrested Wednesday near the town of Jolfa along the Iran-Azerbaijan border, state-controlled Al Alam television and the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
October 1, 2010 |
Reporting Tehran and Beirut The two Americans still jailed in Iran on charges of espionage and trespassing won't be tried for at least five more weeks, their lawyer told The Times on Thursday. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal are due to appear before Judge Abolqasem Salavati on Nov. 6, the attorney said. The judge has handled many high-profile trials, especially since the political unrest that followed the 2009 presidential election, and has been dubbed the "hanging judge" by opposition and human rights activists.
September 15, 2010 |
Iran released an American hiker Tuesday after more than a year in custody but continued to hold two of her countrymen, who are expected to face trial. Sarah Shourd was freed from Tehran's Evin Prison on $500,000 bail, according to the office of Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi. She flew to the Persian Gulf kingdom of Oman and was met there by her mother and uncle, a witness told Reuters news service. Iranian state television broadcast a brief interview with Shourd, wearing a maroon headscarf and white overcoat, as she boarded what appeared to be a private jet in Tehran.
October 17, 2010 |
An Orange County Iranian American businessman was released from prison Saturday after 30 months behind bars, family members have confirmed. Reza Taghavi, 71, left Tehran's notorious Evin Prison and reportedly plans to return to California within a week. The Tustin resident was never formally charged or tried but was accused of passing $200 to a monarchist group called Tondar, which Iran says has been behind terrorist attacks. Taghavi said he gave the money unknowingly. Taghavi's relatives in Tustin and the San Fernando Valley declined to comment Saturday, saying they didn't want to say anything until he was safely out of Iran.
September 14, 2011 |
A bail offer for two Americans convicted of spying is still under review, Iran's powerful judiciary said Wednesday in a potentially embarrassing rejection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's prediction that their release could be in a matter of days. The statement by the hard-line judiciary appears to be a message that only its officials can set the timetables and conditions on any possible release and not the president, who is locked in a bitter power struggle with Iran's ruling clerics who control the courts.