Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UC Berkeley Grads Finally Freed from Iranian Prison

By Rachel Swan
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:37 PM

After two years in an Iranian prison, UC Berkeley grads Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were finally freed on $1 million bail, the Merc reports. The two men had been hiking in the Kurdish region in July of 2009 when they apparently crossed an unmarked boorder with Iran, where they were captured and accused of espionage. A fellow hiker, Sarah Shourd, was also arrested and released on $500,000 bail last year. She met Fattal and Bauer — to whom she is now engaged — at a main international airport in the gulf state of Oman. The men, who had been sharing a cell and were let out for only 40 minutes a day, blindfolded, were described as "thin, but in good health."

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