Mothers of imprisoned US Hikers speak out

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Two mothers of the three US hikers detained in Iran for a year reveal their frustration to Amnesty International.

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to release three US nationals who have been detained without charge or trial for a year.

Shane Michael Bauer, Joshua Felix Fattal and Sarah Emily Shourd were arrested by Iranian forces while they were hiking in the Iraq-Iran border area on 31 July 2009.

“One year on from their arrest it appears clear that the Iranian authorities do not have substantial grounds to prosecute these three individuals, and we fear that they may be held on account of their nationality,” said Malcolm Smart, director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.