DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The families of the two American hikers imprisoned in Iran are planning a rally in Minnesota next month, the home state for one of the men.

Nicole Lindstrom of Duluth is the sister of Shane Bauer. He and his friend, Josh Fattal, have been in Iranian custody since 2009. Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, was also imprisoned, but was released last year on $500,000 bail and has refused to return to Iran for trial. The three deny the allegations of espionage.

Immediate family members, as well as Shourd, plan to attend the rally July 9 at Bayfront Festival Park. The Duluth News Tribune says the Free the Hikers rally will be part of the humanitarian-focused Twin Ports Bridge Festival.

Iran’s official news agency reported Tuesday that Iran expects to make a final decision on the case by August.

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Comments (10)
  1. DerDerDer says:

    Note to self: don’t take a recreational hike across hostile boarders in a country like Iran.

    1. Unbelievable says:

      Exactly…they either really are spies or they are the dumbest guys alive.

      Honestly, who hikes in IRAQ period…let alone to be dumb enough to cross into IRAN!!!!

      I’m selling tickets for my new adventure vacations:

      1) Mexican boarder town pub crawl
      2) Afgahnistan hashish jamboree
      3) Sailing the Somali coast
      4) North Korean nightlife festival

      Note: payment due in full before departure, no refunds, all sales final.

      1. Jack Action Hero says:

        Yeah and the Shourd chick too. These are the dumbest sombiches alive.

  2. Tarek ibn Ziyad says:

    The infidels must pay for their transgressions.

  3. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Is there an anti rally?

    1. Marky says:

      Quiet down Mark. There is no such thing as “Minnesota Tax Waste”….so how can you be from there? Go away, back into the hole from which you crawled.

  4. Murph says:

    Hmmm,they sure have that James Bond look ,don’t they! I suppose they will want to hike thru someone’s polar bear farm when they get back!

    1. Jake says:

      Bauer kind of looks like Sean Connery, and Fattal kind of looks like Pierce Brosnan,
      doncha think?

  5. tom says:

    go hiking in a country where you do not belong, your fault, suffer the consequences

  6. hdmc says:

    TOUGH IT OUT HIPPIES!! wheres you activist hippy friends now, idiots.

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