'Hikers' held in Iran 'due to US citizenship' | News | Al Jazeera

'Hikers' held in Iran 'due to US citizenship'

Two US men released after being jailed for spying say they were caught up in political crossfire between two countries.

    Two US men jailed in Iran for espionage have returned back to their home country after more than two years in prison.

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have always maintained they innocently strayed into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region, but an Iranian court last month convicted them to eight years in jail for spying.

    The men, both 29, say they were caught up in political crossfire between Washington and Tehran and that they were convicted simply because they were from the US.

    Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.