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Iran trial of U.S. hikers resumes May 11

March 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM   |   Comments

TEHRAN, March 13 (UPI) -- Iranian prosecutors said the trial of three American hikers accused of espionage will resume in May.

Alireza Avaei, head of the Tehran prosecutor's office, said Sunday the trial of Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd would reconvene May 11 in Revolution Court.

The three were arrested in 2009 after they crossed into Iran from Iraq on foot. The Americans contend they strayed across the border accidentally while on a hiking trip, but Iran said they crossed into the country intentionally and had ties to U.S. intelligence.

Shourd was released on bail in 2010 and returned to the United States and is being tried in absentia. Fattal and Bauer faced their first court session in February.

Iran's Press TV said the prosecutor's office did not state directly that the trial would resume behind closed doors; however, that is standard practice in such cases.

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