Freed US Hiker Vows To Help Friends Still Held By Iran

A US hiker, freed after spending more than a year in jail in Iran, has promised to lobby for the release of the two men she was arrested with. Sarah Shourd, who was flown to Oman, urged Iran to free her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal. All three were arrested near the Iran-Iraq border last year and accused of spying. The two men still face trial. US President Barack Obama renewed his call for the pair's release, saying they had done nothing wrong. "We remain hopeful that Iran will demonstrate renewed compassion by ensuring the return of Shane, Josh and all the other missing or detained Americans in Iran," Mr Obama said.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also urged the release of the men, telling the Associated Press news agency he "appreciated the flexibility" of the Iranian government. But Tehran's chief prosecutor Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying that the two men's detention had been extended by two months. "Therefore there is no talk of the release of the two," Iran's English language Press TV quoted him as saying.The three Americans deny spying, saying they accidentally strayed into Iranian territory while on a hike in Iraq when they were arrested on 31 July 2009. Their families say they have been kept in solitary confinement, and Ms Shourd's mother Nora, who was reunited with her daughter in Oman, has said she was being denied treatment for potentially serious health issues.
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