US hiker in Iranian jail allowed brief call to mom

Iran had seized Sarah while she was on hiking trip in northern Iraq in 2009.

Updated: Aug 06, 2010, 09:49 AM IST

St Paul: One the three American hikers jailed in Iran told her mother in a brief telephone call this week that prison officials have denied her requests for medical treatment and a cellmate, her mother said on Thursday.

Sarah Shourd`s mother, Nora, said her daughter was allowed to call her cell phone on Monday and the two talked for three or four minutes. It was only the second phone call her 31-year-old daughter has been permitted to make since she was jailed in Iran more than a year ago.

The mother said they talked about her daughter`s medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells, and her solitary confinement in Tehran`s Evin prison. She said her daughter has asked jailers for medical treatment and a cellmate, but her requests have been ignored.

Nora Shourd said her daughter told her, "They won`t listen to me."

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were seized by Iranian authorities while they were on a hiking trip in the mountainous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq in July 2009, according to their families. The Iranian authorities accused them of illegally crossing the border. Their families have said they may have been captured on the Iraqi side of the border, and the US government has called for their release.