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August 20, 2011

Feb. 6: American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, center, and their translator attend the first session of their trial at the revolutionary court in Tehran.

Iran Reportedly Sentences American Hikers to 8 Years in Prison

Published August 20, 2011 | Associated Press

Reuters

TEHRAN, Iran — Two American men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges that include espionage, state TV reported Saturday, in an apparent sharp blow to hopes their release was imminent.

The announcement seems to send a hard-line message from Iran’s judiciary — which answers directly to the ruling clerics — weeks after the country’s foreign minister suggested that the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal could clear the way for their freedom.

It also is likely to raise speculation about Iran using the Americans as political bargaining chips and could bring added tensions to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s expected visit to New York next month for the annual General Assembly at the United Nations.

But the report — although carried on Iran’s highly controlled state media — was not immediately confirmed by authorities. Iranian government officials made no further comment, but it is not unusual for Iran to use selected state news outlets to make high-profile announcements.

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