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Monday, September 26, 2011

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal released from Iran

(L-R) Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer listen as Josh Fattal delivers remarks about their detention in Iran at a news conference in New York September 25, 2011. REUTERS-Jessica Rinaldi

NEW YORK | Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:54am EDT
(Reuters) - Two American men jailed in Iran for more than two years for spying arrived in New York on Sunday, saying they were innocent and had been held hostage simply because of their nationality.
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, arrested with their friend Sarah Shourd while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border in July 2009, were freed on Wednesday after Oman paid bail of $1 million. Shourd was released on $500,000 bail a year ago.
Fattal and Bauer were sentenced to eight years in prison last month after a trial held behind closed doors. Washington denied the group were spies and U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday they should never have been detained.
Flanked by family members at a news conference in New York, Bauer and Fattal said the case against them was a "total sham" with "ridiculous lies that depicted us as being involved in an elaborate American-Israeli conspiracy to undermine Iran."

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