Brother of American Hiker Detained in Iran Speaks Out

Thursday, September 16, 2010

US hiker Sarah Shourd (C), who was released by Iran after more than 13 months in detention, is greeted by Omani officials upon her arrival at the Omani capital Muscat on September 14, 2010. (MOHAMMED MAHJOUB/AFP/Getty)

Earlier this week, one of three American hikers who had been detained in Iran since last summer was released from prison. Iranian police arrested Sarah Shourd and her two companions, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, in July 2009 on Iran's border with Iraq and accused the trio of espionage. 

Alex Fattal, Joshua Fattal's older brother says all three hikers are innocent and were wrongly imprisoned.

The families of the three say that they were on a tourist's hike in the mountains of Iraq when they were arrested. The terms of Shourd's release are unclear, but Iranian officials have reportedly extended Bauer's and Fattal's "pre-trial detention" for two months.


Alex Fattal

Produced by:

Noel King and Amanda Moore

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