Bauer and Fattal Trial Delayed, Families Say

Thursday May 12, 2011 - 09:19:00 AM

The families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal issued the following statement today: 

The latest session of Shane and Josh's trial did not take place as scheduled today. We do not yet know why Shane and Josh were not brought to court but we are even more deeply concerned for their health and welfare as a result of their non-appearance. Their unexplained absence from the hearing, and the fact that their lawyer Mr. Masoud Shafii continues to be denied access to Shane and Josh, is extremely troubling. 

Today's development appears to be yet another example of the arbitrary treatment Shane and Josh have been subjected to for more than 21 months. The Iranian authorities continue to play games with their lives and the constant uncertainty and fear for Shane and Josh is ruining our lives as well. The charges against Shane and Josh are baseless. As we have said all along, there is no reason to put Shane and Josh on trial. There is an urgent humanitarian imperative to release them and we call on Iran to do so immediately.