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American hiker Sarah Shourd released from Iranian prison after 13 months
American hiker Sarah Shourd is seen at Mehrabad airport in Tehran Iran, after she was released from an Iranian prison on $500,000 bail on September 14, 2010. Shourd spent 13 months in jail when she and her hiking companions Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were arrested for allegedly crossing into Iran from northern Iraq. UPI/Press TV
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On July 31, 2009, three Americans, Sarah Shourd (32), Shane Bauer (28) and Joshua Fattal (28), were detained by Iranian border guards for alleged espionage while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran claims the three crossed into its territory, but the three Americans claim they were kidnapped from within Iraq.

Sarah Shourd was released on $500,000 bail by Iran on September 14, 2010, on humanitarian grounds due to her declining health. The trial of the three hikers began on 6 February 2011; Sarah Shourd will not be returning to Iran to stand trial.

In June 2010, an article in The Nation indicated that two villagers said the hikers were accosted by Iranian authorities while they were on the Iraqi side of the border.

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