Iran official hopeful hikers will be released

August 6, 2011 7:12:40 PM PDT
There is a new development in the trial of two U.C. Berkeley hikers currently being held in Iran on espionage charges.

Iran's Foreign Minister said on Saturday that he is hopeful the trial of two Americans accused of illegally entering the country would lead to their freedom.

The trial for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal ended last Sunday without a clear verdict.

The men were detained two years ago along the Iran-Iraq border along with Bauer's fiance Sara Shourd.

Shourd was later released on humanitarian grounds and $500,000 bail.

During a press conference held Saturday, Iran's foreign minister reiterated that the judiciary would announce the verdict soon.


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