The United States is “deeply disappointed” by the sentence in Iran to eight years in prison for spying on American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, said the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday.
“We continue to demand their immediate release and to work to get it. It is time they come home and reunited with their families,” said the head of American diplomacy. “We are deeply disappointed that the judicial authorities have sentenced Joshua Shane Bauer and Fattal to eight years in prison,” Clinton said.
“I join the President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States to express our unwavering support for Shane, Joshua, Sarah and their families in these difficult times,” said the U.S. Secretary of State.
The families of the hikers called in turn to the Iranian authorities to forecasted compassion, reiterating that the two young men were innocent.
“Shane (Bauer) and Josh (Fattal) are innocent and have never posed any threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran, its government or its people”, said the families in a statement.
“We urge the authorities in Iran to show compassion, and allow them to return home immediately,” they added.
The two Americans held in Iran for two years “were each sentenced to eight years in prison by the court of the 15th Revolutionary Court in Tehran,” said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi at a news conference on Sunday.
Mr Dolatabadi was quoted by the ISNA news agency, and confirmed information from unidentified source provided by the site of state television on Saturday.
Tehran prosecutor said the two convicts had 20 days to appeal.
He also confirmed that if their mate Sarah Shourd, 32, returned to the United States after being released on bail in September 2010 for health reasons and tried in his absence along with them, “is still open “.
The three Americans were arrested July 31, 2009 in the Iran-Iraq border they said they had taken by mistake after he lost while hiking in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.