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U.S. hikers release not imminent: Iran

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 00:36

Sept. 14 - Press TV announces that two U.S. nationals arrested while hiking will not be released, contrary to statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad days earlier. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Press TV on Wednesday said two Americans arrested two years ago while hiking in Iran will not be released imminently. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced in Iran last month to eight years in prison. The pair were arrested in July 2009 near Iran's border with Iraq, where they say they were hiking in the mountains as tourists, along with a third hiker, Sarah Shourd. The announcement runs contrary to statements Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made days earlier, when he said that they would be freed "in a couple of days" in what he called a humanitarian gesture.

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U.S. hikers release not imminent: Iran

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 00:36