Trial For 2 Detained American Hikers Postponed

By KBJR News 1

November 22, 2010 Updated Nov 22, 2010 at 12:01 AM CDT

A trial for two American hikers held in Iran has been postponed until February 6th.

CNN is reporting that their attorney, Masoud Shafii was told the reason for the delay was the absence of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer at the initial trial date of November 6th.

The court told him the two were summoned to court but did not show up.

Shafii told CNN that makes no sense, because the two are in government custody and it's the government's responsibility to bring them to court.

Bauer and Fattal have been held in Evin Prison in the Iranian capital of Tehran for more than a year.

They and a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, were arrested in 2009 after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq.

Iran has accused them of espionage.
Shourd was released on humanitarian grounds in September.