October 7, 2010 |
When Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans arrested and held without formal charges in an Iranian prison for more than a year, was finally released last month, people hoped that her two companions, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, would soon be released as well. But Iran seldom works in logical ways. Almost from the day the three Americans were arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border in Iraqi Kurdistan, the government has been divided over what to do with them. The hikers were first accused of illegal entry, and then espionage, a charge Iranian officials toss about freely.
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 23, 2010 |
In New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can boast that he's the talk of the town, appearing on television shows with the likes of Christiane Amanpour and Larry King, hobnobbing with fellow heads of state and addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. In Tehran these days, the outspoken hard-line politician is under withering attack from all political directions. His detractors in recent weeks have included assorted fundamentalist clergymen who have accused him of interfering in religious affairs, a judiciary that humiliated him by delaying the release of American hiker Sarah Shourd, the editor of a right-wing newspaper handpicked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the moderate head of the powerful Assembly of Experts, and a member of parliament who condemned him for praising the pre-Islamic Persian king Cyrus, who is an icon of secular nationalists.
September 20, 2010 |
An American woman who spent 410 days imprisoned in Iran praised its leaders Sunday for the "humanitarian gesture" of freeing her but expressed frustration at the continued detention of two companions, while Iran's president suggested the hikers could be bargaining chips in his tempestuous relationship with Washington. Sarah Shourd, 32, mixed political niceties with firm denials of guilt in her first extensive public comments since leaving Iran's Evin Prison on Sept. 14. She appeared alongside her mother, Nora, who held her daughter's hand as they walked into a conference room in a Manhattan hotel after flying to the United States.
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.
September 14, 2010 |
Iran's English language state television reported Tuesday that American hiker Sarah Shourd has been released after more than a year in prison. "Iran has released U.S. national Sarah Shourd," a banner on Press TV said. Shourd, 32, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer were taken into custody by Iranian security forces near the border with Iraq in July 2009. They have been accused of spying. Iranian authorities said Sunday that they were prepared to release Shourd on $500,000 bail, but there was no immediate word on whether that amount had been paid or who might have paid it. The detention of the other two Americans was extended for two months, the hikers' defense attorney told The Times on Sunday.
September 13, 2010 |
Iranian authorities are prepared to release on $500,000 bail one of three American hikers held since last year, Tehran's chief prosecutor said Sunday. However, the trio was formally charged at a morning session with espionage and trespassing into Iran, and the detention of the other two Americans was extended for two months, the hikers' defense attorney told The Times. "All my clients pleaded not guilty and did not accept the charges," attorney Masoud Shafii said in a telephone interview, adding that the three were in "good spirits.
September 12, 2010 |
Iranian authorities are prepared to release on $500,000 bail one of three American hikers held since last year, Tehran's chief prosecutor said Sunday. However, the trio was formally charged at a morning session with espionage and trespassing into Iran, and the detention of the other two Americans was extended for two months, the hikers' defense attorney told The Times. "All my clients pleaded not guilty and did not accept the charges," attorney Massoud Shafii said in a telephone interview, adding that the three were in "good spirits.
September 10, 2010 |
Iran's judiciary has blocked the planned release of one of three Americans held in Tehran's Evin Prison since last year, a news agency quoted a powerful official as saying late Friday. Iran's semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency quoted Tehran's chief prosecutor, Abbas Jaafari Dowlatabadi, as saying the "legal procedure" to secure the release of 32-year-old Sarah Shourd was not yet complete. Shourd and two friends, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, were arrested July 31, 2009, after allegedly straying into Iranian territory during a hiking trip in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
September 9, 2010 |
An American woman, one of three U.S. hikers jailed in Iran last year after possibly straying into Iranian territory, will be released Saturday, an Iranian official said Thursday. Friends and relatives say Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were on a hiking trip in the scenic mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border July 31, 2009, when they may have strayed inadvertently into Iranian territory. They were detained by Iranian forces and have been locked up in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison.