The verdict was announced for the two U.S. hikers detained in Iran on espionage charges. Fattal and Shane Bauer have been sentenced to eight years in prison, after being charged with illegal entry and spying.
Sarah Shourd and the two men were arrested two years ago for the allegedly spying while hiking in the Iraqi Kurdish region, close to Iran. While they denied the accusation from the beginning, they have been detained since their arrest. Shourd, the woman who accompanied them on their hiking excursion, was released last year due to medical reasons, but has continued to assist in the fight to get them out.
While the Tehran Prosecutor’s office said they had “compelling evidence” the three were cooperating with U.S. intelligence agencies, many spectators say they found nothing incriminating in the information provided during the trial.
The families are certain to be in shock and will likely try to fight this ruling, alongside the U.S. Government. Let this be a lesson to other adventure seeker’s, if you are interested in exploring and hiking, it may be best to stay in the U.S.
The 8-year sentence is a far cry from their original hopes, discussed in above video.