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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago will marry Saturday in the San Francisco Bay area.

A private wedding ceremony for Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd was set for 4 p.m. at an undisclosed location, said San Francisco attorney and family friend Ben Rosenfeld.

Bauer, Shourd and Josh Fattal, all University of California, Berkeley graduates, were arrested on July 31, 2009, and held in Iran.

Bauer and Fattal were sentenced to eight years after being convicted on spy-related charges, but were released after more than two years.

Shourd was released after 14 months on bail.

Bauer proposed to Shourd while both were in prison, fashioning an impromptu ring out of threads from his shirt.

All three say they were innocent of spying and had simply strayed across the countries’ border while in the mountainous region.

Fattal will be Bauer’s best man, Rosenfeld said.

No additional details about the wedding were released, but an automated response to an email inquiry from The Associated Press to Shourd said the couple would be away on a honeymoon until May 18.

They live, and will remain living in the San Francisco Bay area, Rosenfeld said, but he did not disclose where.

Shourd grew up in Southern California, Bauer is a native on Minnesota and Fattal grew up in Pennsylvania.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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