Iran sets February trial date for 3 Americans

The 3 were arrested in July 2009 along Iraqi border and charged with spying.

Tehran: Iran has set a February 06 trial date for three Americans arrested more than a year ago along the Iraqi border and charged with spying.

The trial was to have started on November 06, but authorities said they delayed it because one of the Americans, who was freed on bail, had not been summoned to return to the country to appear in court.

Their lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, said he received an official notification on Sunday of the new trial date.

Sarah Shourd was freed in September and returned to the United States. Her fiancé, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal remain in prison.

Shourd has denied the charges. She says they were hiking in northern Iraq and inadvertently crossed an unmarked border into Iran when they were arrested in July 2009.

PTI

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