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Hikers Sentenced to 8 Years in Iran

Lawyers will appeal

Two American hikers arrested on Iran's border with Iraq recieved eight-year prison sentences on Saturday on charges of espionage and illegal entry into Iran. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have 20 days to appeal their sentence to Iran's court system. Guards arrested the men and fellow hiker Sarah Shourd in 2009 after they allegedly walked across the unmarked border while hiking in Iraqi Kurdi­stan. The three were later sent to Tehran's notorious Evin prison; Shourd was released last September on $500,000 bail for medical reasons after spending 410 days in solitary confinement. In an interview with BBC's HARDtalk, Shourd talked about the harsh conditions of the prison. "I can see [Fattal and Bauer] in their cramped little cell with very little sunlight and they only get out an hour a day," she said. "They exercise side by side on a space like the size of a towel." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was “deeply disappointed” with the sentencing and called on Iran to release the hikers immediately.

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