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September 8, 2009

Iran: Three US nationals not to be released soon

An official from Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed after about one month the arrest of three US citizens on charges of illegal entry into Iran from the north western borders. Fars News Agency has more:

“Considering the sensitiveness of the time and place of the arrest of these people, the probe into the main and probable reasons of their entry into the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territory is under investigation by the security organizations, which will take time,” Director of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for American Affairs Alireza Salari said in a meeting with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran. During the meeting, Salari briefed Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti, whose embassy also serves as the US Interest Section in Iran, about the arrest of the three Americans.
The three, identified as Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested after crossing into Iran via Iraq’s Kurdish region in early August.

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