Sunday, February 6, 2011

Iran begins trial of three US spies

File photo of the two US detainees Shane Bauer (L) and Josh Fattal
The trial of the three US nationals detained in Iran for illegal entry and charged with espionage has begun in the Iranian capital of Tehran behind closed doors.

The trial, which heard the charges brought against Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, began at 10 a.m. on Sunday in Tehran's Revolution Court.

Bauer, Fattal and Shourd were arrested in July 2009 after illegally crossing the border into Iran from the mountains of northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Shourd was not present at the first session of the trial; however, her lawyer submitted a statement on her behalf.

The three have pleaded not guilty.

The Tehran Prosecutor's office says it has 'compelling evidence' that three were cooperating with US intelligence agencies.

No date has been confirmed for the next court session.

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