Freed Hiker Called Back to Iran to Stand Trial

Sarah Shourd may choose not to return
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 9:29 AM CST
Freed Hiker Called Back to Iran to Stand Trial
In this May 20, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

Sarah Shourd, the American hiker freed from Iranian prison in September, has been called to return to the country and stand trial on Feb. 6, Reuters reports. Should Shourd decide not to show up, the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been jailed since being detained on July 31, 2009, will be delayed. “The hearing will be held on scheduled date unless in some exceptional cases such as their lawyers' formal requests,” said an Iranian judiciary rep. Click for more on the hikers' ordeal.
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