November 7, 2010 |
The judge, prosecutor and lawyer showed up Saturday, but the defendants didn't. Masoud Shafii, the lawyer representing two young Americans held in Iran and accused of espionage, said everything was in place for a long-scheduled court hearing except the two Americans themselves. Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer are being held in Tehran's Evin Prison. They were arrested in July 2009 for allegedly straying into Iranian territory during a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan. After a third American, Sarah Shourd, was freed on bail in September, Iranian authorities said the other two would stand trial Saturday.
November 2, 2010 |
For a man preparing to go up against his own government in a case with international repercussions, Masoud Shafii doesn't look particularly worried as he brews some tea and offers it to a guest. Shafii, the lawyer defending the two American hikers who have been detained in an Iranian prison for more than a year, said he's oblivious to the global dimensions of the case, or the fact that his two clients come from the "Great Satan" itself. Or even that another Iranian human rights lawyer was recently jailed on unspecified national security crimes and another was just sentenced to nine years in prison.
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 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.
May 22, 2010 |
Two Iranians arrested by U.S. forces in Iraq were released Friday, a day after Iran allowed three young Americans detained in the Islamic Republic since July to meet with their mothers. Iraqi officials handed the detainees to the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, Iran's state-owned English-language Press TV reported on its website. Embassy spokesman Amir Arshadi said the men had left the country and arrived in Iran. The moves are the latest hints of behind-the-scenes deal-making between Iran and the West over the fate of detainees.