- Shahrokh Zamani and Khaled Hardani are on hunger strike
- Another civilian is sentenced to death in Khomeini Shahr
- Five Years of Imprisonment for Baha'i Leaders
- Kurdish Death Row Prisoner Transferred, His Lawyer Arrested
- Two Prisoners Executed For Espionage in Tehran
- Imprisoned Dervish Transferred to Hospital after Heart Attack
- US Congress Moves Toward Full Trade Embargo on Iran
- Israel says UN pressure having no effect on curbing Iran nukes
- U.S. Congress moves to tighten sanctions on Iran
- Iran pushes ahead with new nuclear plant that worries West
- Iran acts to expand sensitive nuclear capacity: diplomats
- CIA head visits Israel to discuss Syria, Iran's nuclear program
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Iranians marrying foreigners without state consent face prosecution
- More women smuggling drugs out of Iran
- Canada’s High Court could try Iran for Zahra Kazemi murder
- "Hole"/ Saba Vasefi
- Bahrain claims Iranian drone found
- UK: Iran, Hezbollah increasing support for Assad
- When it comes to Syria and Hezbollah, Israel is walking a tightrope
- IRGC: World now eying Iranian regime's resistance
- Two Iranians in Kenya found guilty of bomb plots
- Iran develops rocket-launcher submarine, smart ships
Sunday 07 August 2011
Iran's ambassador to Baghdad rejected the reports about the imminent release of the detained U. S. hikers held in Iran on charges of espionage, the local satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.
Iran's judiciary is still probing into their case, Hassan Danaeifar was quoted as saying on Saturday.
He rejected the Associated Press' Thursday report that Danaeifar had told AP that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would be released "very soon", especially during the holy month of Ramadan, which began in Iran on Tuesday, said Press TV.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed hope that the trial of the U.S. nationals would result in their freedom.
Last week, the lawyer of the U.S. nationals expressed hope that they would soon be released.
The fourth and the last trial session to address the charges against Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer was held last Sunday in the Branch 15 of Tehran's Revolution Court.
Talking to Press TV in a telephone interview on Sunday, the lawyer, Masoud Shafiee, said he hoped they would be sentenced to time served.
"According to the law, the court is obligated to issue the verdict within one week," Shafiee was quoted as saying.
Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer were arrested in Iran on July 31, 2009 for illegally entering Iran's western border and were later charged with espionage. The U.S. government considered the charges totally unfounded.
The female U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd, once jailed in Iran with the other two Americans, was released by Tehran's prosecutor in September on bail of 500,000 U.S. dollars due to her health situation.