Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said two UC Berkeley grads jailed in Iran on charges of espionage for two years could be freed this week.
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.
The two Cal Grads detained in Iran for espionage and illegal entry will get a court hearing this weekend.Their lawyer Masoud Shaflei told reporters he expects their release based on the holiday and the anniversary of their captivity.
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.
It has been almost two years since they were arrested and Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer remain in prison in Iran awaiting a trial.
Leaders of the American Muslim community, along with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, are calling for the release of two U.S. hikers, who have been detained in Iran for more than 21 months.
The family of two UC Berkeley grads, imprisoned in Iran, are showing their support for their upcoming trial by going on a hunger strike.
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.