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Family of hikers held in Iran seek UN backing

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Josh Fattal, an Elkins Park man has been held in Iran nearly two years on espionage charges.

Josh Fattal, an Elkins Park man has been held in Iran nearly two years on espionage charges.

The young woman hiker released by the Iranian government nine months ago and the relatives of the two men still held are appealing to the U.N. for more support as the men's trial date nears.

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer's mother, and Josh Fattal's mother and brother called Thursday for the U.N. special investigator on human rights in Iran to investigate the case and seek the men's immediate release.

Bauer, 29, and Fattal, 28, have been held in Iran nearly two years on espionage charges. A July 31 trial is set.

They deny the charges and say they thought they were hiking in a scenic area of northern Iraq near Iran's border.

Shourd, Bauer's fiance, was arrested at the same time and released last year on $500,000 bail.

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