Iran’s Salehi ‘hopes’ court will free Americans


Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi hopes that the trial of two US citizens detained in the Islamic republic on espionage charges will lead to their freedom, reports said Saturday.
“We hope that the trial of these two (US) nationals will proceed in a manner that will result in their freedom,” Salehi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
The trial of the Americans, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who were detained two years ago on the border with Iran, ended on Sunday.
The last hearing in the case was held behind closed doors without the presence of a third accused, Sarah Shourd, who is in the United States after being granted bail.
Salehi said the judiciary would announce the verdict in due course for the case which he added “is being pursued with justice and fairness”.