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Iran Sentences US 'Hikers' To Eight Years In Jail For Espionage, Illegal Entry

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

The website for Iranian state television is reporting that an Iranian court has sentenced US citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years in prison.

It said the two were convicted for "illegal entry" into Iran, for which they each received three years in jail, and for "espionage," for which they each received five additional years of jail time.

It was not immediately clear if that includes time served. They have 20 days to appeal the sentence.

Masud Shafii, the lawyer for the 28-year-old Americans, told Radio Farda that he could not confirm the verdict because he still has not seen anything written from the court.

"The verdict has not been officially -- or unofficially -- handed to me," Shafii said. "I would certainly comment after it is handed over."

Shafii had expressed hope for the release of his clients after Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on August 6 he hoped the trial of Bauer and Fattal would lead to their "freedom."

Bauer, Fattal, and fellow US citizen Sarah Shourd were apprehended by Iranian guards near the unmarked border with Iraq in July 2009.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Iran Sentences US 'Hikers' To Eight Years In Jail For Espionage, Illegal Entry

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