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Hillary Clinton 'deeply disappointed' over Iran hiker jail terms for spying

August 22, 2011 - Washington

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed 'deep disappointment' over the jail terms given to two American citizens found guilty of spying in Iran.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced in Tehran on Saturday to three years for illegally entering Iran and five years for spying, the BBC reports.

The men have been denying charges against them ever since they were detained, saying that they had accidentally entered Iran while hiking in Iraq in July 2009.

Their lawyer has said they intend to appeal against the verdict.

"We have 20 days to appeal and I will try my best to use all legal means to annul the sentence. It was my belief, and still is, that they are innocent and I have not seen any evidence that shows they are guilty," the BBC quoted Masoud Shafiee, as saying.

Shafiee said he had not seen his clients since their sentencing, but that the two years already served in custody would count as part of their eight-year term.

Bauer's financee Sarah Shourd, who was arrested along with the two men, was freed on a 500,000 dollars bail last year.


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