DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A trial is scheduled for July 31 for two American hikers imprisoned in Iran and one family member is cautiously optimistic about it, after previous trials were canceled.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been in Iranian custody since 2009. Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, was also imprisoned, but was released last year on $500,000 bail. The three deny allegations of espionage.

Bauer’s brother-in-law Nate Lindstrom tells the Duluth News Tribune the trial is at the two-year anniversary of their arrest so it’s hard not to be a little optimistic about the outcome.

Bauer’s mother, Cindy Hickey, of Pine City, Shourd and other family attended Saturday’s Twin Ports Bridge Festival in Duluth.

They planned a morning “Free the Hikers” rally there but the weather caused them to postpone it until evening.

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Comments (4)
  1. Mike Jacobson says:

    God willing, they will be set free and returned home. We’ll be praying for them.

    1. There Guilty says:

      God has nothing to do with it. All three are very stupid and should be tried and if found guilty stay in prison. The little woman who fake an illness should be sent back to stand trial also. All movie and book deals any of them sign and receive money for should pay for the ransom of the little woman. Its all B S.

  2. Alfred says:

    Let’s go for a hike!

    Australia? No
    Hawaii? No.
    Switzerland? No.
    The border of a country run by a tyrannical mad man? Sure, sounds good to me!

  3. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Fools, they get what they deserve!

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