Report: Sean Penn helped free hikers in Iran

September 23, 2011 4:24:08 PM PDT
A published report says actor Sean Penn helped to secure the release of the two UC Berkeley hikers detained in Iran for more than two years.

According to Reuters, Penn flew to Venezuela to ask President Hugo Chavez to intervene in the case with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were freed on Wednesday. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released on humanitarian grounds after a year in prison.

Bauer and Shourd have another reason to celebrate: Bauer became officially engaged to Shourd on Friday. Both became engaged in prison where Bauer made his fianc?e a ring from threads of string removed from a shirt.

On Friday, Bauer gave Shourd a more traditional ring.

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