ELKINS PARK, Pa., May 19 (UPI) -- Fearing their sons may be in danger, the mothers of two U.S. men charged with espionage in Iran say they have gone on a hunger strike.
"We have not had any news about Shane and Josh for many months, and we are terrified that they have now gone on [a] hunger strike to protest against this latest, devastating delay," said Cindy Hickey, Bauer's mother. "We're worried that they are not getting proper medical care and that their lives may be in danger."
The two men, and a third person, Bauer's finance, Sarah Shourd, were arrested in July 2009 while hiking on an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. Shourd was freed last year and she will take over the hunger strike Saturday, family members said.
"Whoever is to blame for preventing our sons' release is bringing shame on Iran," said Fattal's mother, Laura Fattal. "Shane and Josh have been denied justice and compassion for far too long. Today we begin a hunger strike and stand with our sons to urge Iran to stop punishing them --and our families -- for no reason."