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!