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American Hikers Freed From Iran!

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Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal have finally been set free on $1,000,000 bail!

In 2009, the two Americans accidentally hiked into the wrong territory when they went on a recreational hike in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains.

Iranian police detained the two men along with fellow hiker and Shane's fiance, Sarah Shourd, on charges of trespassing and suspicion of being American spies.

They were ordered to be detained until their trial.

Sarah was released in September of 2010 on humanitarian grounds after spending 410 days in solitary confinement. But the fight continued for Shane and Joshua.

In February 2011, the trial took place and the men were found guilty of trespassing and espionage.

They were sentenced to eight years in prison.

Their guilt was found without substantial evidence and has been criticized as politically motivated.

Amnesty International as well as many other human rights organizations have been working tirelessly to spread awareness regarding the trial. They have been working non-stop along with the men's families in efforts to free the hikers.

Fortunately, after two years of imprisonment, the men have been freed albeit immense drama.

Their freedom coincides with Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad's arrival to the United Nations.

We're happy to see them free, but it's still so sad. They have lost two years of their lives!

When will this madness stop? This kind of thing happens all the time, and we think it's high time for world's justice systems to start getting it right!

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13 comments to “American Hikers Freed From Iran!”



  1. 1

    Yes, Perez.

    Remember Guantanamo?
    Remember the 15 year old kid who is still emprisoned after without any real proof ?
    That's all in the US of A.



  2. 2

    Why would anyone go on "a recreational hike in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains" ????



  3. 3

    These two men are very lucky guys.
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    Their families will finally sleep all night with their sons back home.
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    Thank, God…and the million bucks they were able to raise, to get them out of that hell hole.



  4. 4

    How naive are you? Their freedom was paid for! The US never calls any of it's citizens "spies", but seriously, how many Americans go hiking in Iraq and end up in Iran, and just happen to speak Arabic as well? Come on!



  5. 5

    I am thrilled that they were released!



  6. 6

    Y'know, this fucking morons should have been executed for being stupid. You deserve what you get if you go "hiking" in Iraq for fuck sakes.



  7. 7

    I do not have one ounce of sympathy for these morons. Out of the millions of beautiful places throughout the ENTIRE world to hike, they chose IRAN/IRAQ??? What the hell were they even thinking If I were Iraq I'd be just as suspicious.



  8. 8

    I have no sympathy for these guys. The middle east is so unstable. Why would you risk it and go to Iraq/Iran????? Stupid



  9. 9

    In 1980 or so, I remember watching every night on the news, the number of days the American hostages in Iran had been held, go up, and up and up and up.
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    52 American hostages! 444 days to feel like losers to go rescue our fellow Americans.
    Seeing them dragged out with sacks over their heads and handcuffed.
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    Feeling so powerless in a world that seemed very dark and gray.
    Carter was President. It was a nightmare.
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    I was not into politics then, but I remember hearing Reagan running against
    Carter, and I remember the Miracle on Ice, and I remember knowing THIS was the direction I wanted to go.
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    The shining light on the hill.
    America must go back to this road to recover our country for us.



  10. 10

    Why the hell would any american want to go on a recreational hike in Iraq!?



  11. 11

    Too stupid to live. What a waste of the State Department's time. Two bloody years wasted on those fools.



  12. 12

    What the heck were they doing hiking around that area for anyway? This story has never made a lot of sense to me and did not feel sorry for them.



  13. 13

    O please!! I really like to know what was out there in that desert!! Something, if it was just dirt they wouldnt have been found guilty, just for being over the border!!
    This cost the taxpayers MIllions of dollars because they didnt hand them over for nothing..

    I will rent it for now, but I am not buying it!!!!