Iran to Try 3 American Hikers
New York Times
14-Dec-2009 (one comment)

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki did not say when proceedings would begin or specify the charge other than to say the Americans had ''suspicious aims.'' In November, however, authorities accused the Americans of spying.

''They will be tried by Iran's judiciary system and verdicts will be issued,'' Mottaki said at a news conference, without elaborating in detail.

At a Nov. 9 news conference, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran's judiciary would deal with the Americans, and he noted that Iran accuses the United States of holding several of its citizens.

In particular, he drew a link between the case of the three Americans and the trial in the U.S. of Amir Hossein Ardebili, an Iranian who faces up to 140 years in prison after pleading guilty to plotting to ship sensitive U.S. military technology to Iran.

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3 americans will be in Iran for next 2years

by mannya2001 on

Iran will exact revenge not for Ardebelli, but for the Iranian diplomats that were held in Iraq by US forces for close to 3 years.

Contrary to the NYTimes report, they will not be released anytime soon.  Roxanne Saberi was released after secret negotiations that allowed Iranian diplomats in Iraq to go free in exchange for Roxanne Saberi's release.

The victims in all these cases are the families.