Hikers Sentenced 22 Aug 11

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. is “deeply disappointed” that Iran has sentenced two Americans to eight years in prison after their conviction on charges of espionage and illegal entry.

Clinton says Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal should be released immediately. Bauer’s mother is from Pine City, Minnesota.

The men were arrested in July 2009 near the Iraq-Iran border along with a third American who has since been released on bail and returned to the U.S.

They deny the charges, saying they were hiking near the ill-defined border.

Minnesota’s Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken say they’re disappointed about the convictions and they’re asking the Iranian government to reconsider.