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Hikers In Iran: Uh-Oh

Not very good news for those American hikers captured in Iran:
Iran's Foreign Minister said Monday that three American hikers detained for the past four and a half months will face trial in the Islamic republic on charges they were committing espionage.

The three Americans were arrested July 31 after straying over the Iranian border from northern Iraq. The U.S. government and their families say there were on a hiking vacation and crossed accidentally.

Mottaki said at a news conference Monday that the Americans had "suspicious aims."

Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said last month that the three "have been accused of espionage" and that investigations were continuing, according to the state news agency IRNA. He said an "opinion (on their case) will be given in the not distant future."

In Iran's opaque judicial system, the process of indictment and trial often takes place behind closed doors.
Yikes. Here's to hoping for a safe return home and little, if any incident involved.

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Photo: AP composite