TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian lawyer representing three Americans accused by Tehran of spying says he is ready for the start of their trial.

Their families say the Americans were just intrepid travelers out on a hike in northern Iraq’s scenic Kurdish region when they were arrested on July 31, 2009.

Attorney Masoud Shafiei told The Associated Press on Saturday that he doesn’t know whether the only woman among the three, Sarah Shourd, would return to Iran for the trial or if she would be tried in absentia.

Shourd was released on bail in September and returned to the United States.

Shafiei says he hopes to be allowed to meet the two other defendants — Shourd’s fiance Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal, both still imprisoned in Iran — before the trial starts on Sunday morning.

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Comments (13)
  1. Jay says:

    How can an attorney defend people if they arent allowed to meet the defendants to get their side of the story? What a hell of a justice system. Guilty until proven innocent!

    1. markH says:

      It’s called a “theocracy”, and unless you want this kind of oppressive, intolerant, mindless regime instituted in this country, you should push back against religious fundamentalism in our government. Peace.

  2. Terry says:

    We are so lucky to live in the USA !! They are innocent pawns in this so called country.Liars all of them, by this I mean the govt. not the people of this country, I hope they get their freedom from tyranny some day soon.

  3. qryptik1 says:

    I think Iran is a big Terd of a country, and their tyrannical leader is a total nut job.

    That being said, these three ‘Americans’ are complete idiots. Who goes ‘hiking’ on the Iranian border? Hiding something? Me thinks so. It’d be nice to know the truth, but we likely never will.

  4. Muzzled Comment says:

    Are they “intrepid travelers” or “stupid intruders?” If they wanted to go hiking in Iraq they should have joined the army! I have no sympathy for them.

  5. Yeah Right says:

    Reminds me of “Spy’s Like Us”. Were they the GLG20 decoy team? I hope they at least got to see a hot half dressed Russian.

  6. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    Hi Mom and Dad, We are going to Iran maybe Iraq for a vacation. After that we are going to North Korea. Ta Ta
    These clowns get what they deserve.

  7. Cassie says:

    If you think they are stupid for not involving themselves with pety world conflict, and for wanting to see the world true beauty, then all i have to say to any of you is, have fun in your “safe zones”. Unfortunatly, these three are paying the price of traveling by going to PRISON. im sure none of you could appreciate how bad prison must be there, but then again, im sure your all saying “better them than me”. Very insensitive. Where’s your compassion? I sure hope i never need help from any of you so called “good people”. I’m sure you would just walk right by and say that your still good just because you pay your taxes and are to work on time. but when people are suffering, you write on here saying they deserve it. shame on you!

    1. mark@mntaxwaste.com says:

      @Cassie they are paying the price for being stupid, much like your comments

    2. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      @Cassie I have compassion for people like our solders who are putting there lives on the line, not for some DA Liberal who thinks that they can go to a country and think that just because they are Americans they are entitled to something. Maybe in your world you sing songs with people who want to kill us, go for it

      1. cassie says:

        So if they are in the military, you feel bad for them being sent to prison for just being there.. But if they are just traveling, and have nothing to do with anything, they should be sent to prison? that makes no sense. Be sent to prison for just being somewhere? If you say so…..

  8. DaveM says:

    These three clueless morons should have gotten full-time jobs years ago. They and they “parents” are nuts. I hope Iran keeps them and bilks their liberal supporters for all the moola they can get. Pay up, suckers!

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