US hikers jailed in Iran for spying wed in California

The American hikers, who were arrested by Iran in July 2009 for allegedly spying, reportedly got married in California.

Washington: The American hikers, who were arrested by Iran in July 2009 for allegedly spying, reportedly got married at an undisclosed location in California on Saturday.

An earlier statement released by Sarah Shourd’s San Francisco-based attorney, Ben Rosenfeld, had revealed the wedding plans of her and beau Shane Bauer.

“Now that this day has come, all I can do is close my eyes and fill with gratitude, for our freedom, for the love of so many generous people around the world, and for the very soil under my feet,” People magazine quoted Shourd as saying in the statement.

During their time in captivity, Bauer, a journalist, made his fiancé a ring from the threads of his shirt. He proposed again – with a new ring – upon being reunited with Shourd, a teacher, after his eventual release last September, after 14 months in captivity.

“I want the same freedom for everyone held unjustly and under barbaric conditions, in Iran and throughout the world,” Shourd’s statement on Friday also said.

Bauer, Shourd and their friend Josh Fattal were arrested near Iran’s mountainous border with Iraq.

Although officials there alleged that they were spies who illegally entered into Iranian territory, no public evidence to the claim has ever been presented.

(With ANI inputs)

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