Iran: Three Americans to be tried

Published December 14th, 2009 - 03:00 GMT

Iran said Monday it would try three Americans jailed since crossing the border from Iraq in July. Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki did not say when proceedings would start or specify the charge other than to say the Americans had "suspicious aims." Last month, authorities accused the Americans of spying.


"They will be tried by Iran's judiciary system and verdicts will be issued," Mottaki said, according to the AP. He said the three were still being interrogated.


The Americans — Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27 — were arrested by Iranian authorities after crossing an unmarked border from northern Iraq. They have been held in Iran's Evin prison, where Swiss diplomats have visited them twice and said they are healthy.

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