son|”It is their only lifeline to the outside world, and so that’s why I write every day|Bauer, Fattal and a third American, Sarah Shroud, were hiking in the mostly peaceful Kurdish region of Iraq when they apparently strayed across the unmarked border into Iran and were arrested|The eight-year sentence, if confirmed, would set back hopes raised recently by Iran’s foreign minister, who hinted that the hiker’s trial, which ended three weeks ago, could lead to their release}

The news is not good for the families of the two American hikers arrested in Iran two years ago. Despite appeals from the U.S. government, Iranian state TV reported that the two hikers have been sentenced to 8 years in prison on charges that include espionage and illegal entry.

The families of the detained hikers issued the following statement this morning: “Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most difficult for our families. Shane and Josh are innocent and have never posed any threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran, its government or its people.”

Shane Bauer and 대구출장샵 Josh Fattal have already spent more than two years in prison in Iran. In an interview on July 30th, Josh’s mother, Laura Fattal (pictured at left) says in that time she has written more than 700 letters to her