Two UC Berkeley graduates arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges that include espionage, state TV reported Saturday, a sharp blow to hopes their release was imminent.
The families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate, as they continue to be held in an Iranian prison on espionage charges.
Two University of California at Berkeley graduates are scheduled to stand trial in Iran on Sunday on charges of espionage and entering the country illegally.
Officials at Yosemite National Park have identified three visitors who are presumed dead after being swept over a raging waterfall.
It has been almost two years since they were arrested and Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer remain in prison in Iran awaiting a trial.
Officials at Yosemite National Park say one hiker is dead and another is presumed dead after the two were swept over a bridge into a reservoir while returning from a backpacking trip.
Yosemite National Park has recorded its first two accidental deaths of the year, as two hikers died at the park in unrelated incidents last Friday.
The Iranian lawyer for three UC Berkeley grad students charged with espionage said judicial authorities have not resumed their trial as planned.
UC Berkeley grad Sarah Shourd said she will not return to Iran to stand trial with two fellow hikers on spying charges.
Three lost hikers were rescued by park rangers in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve near Los Gatos on Sunday night.