Aug 29 2011
During their 8-year sentence for espionage, the two leftie American male hikers from Berkeley will enjoy beatings on a regular basis, while their leftie female companion (released last year for medical reasons) got to experience the joy of being raped every day by an assortment of fine Iranian prison guards.
NEWSER Iran’s state TV is reporting that two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each on charges of espionage and illegal entry. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being taken into custody on the Iran-Iraq border.
A third American who was taken with them, Sarah Shourd, was released in September on $500,000 bail and returned to the United States.
The station’s website says Bauer and Fattal, who are both 28, have been sentenced to three years each for illegal entry into Iran and five years each for spying for the United States. It’s not clear if that includes time served. They have 20 days to appeal the sentence.
Enough is enough, says Hillary Clinton, saying that she’s “deeply disappointed” by the sentences. The secretary of state called for Bauer and Fattal’s immediate release, adding that “it is time for them to return home and be reunited with their families.”