Jailed hikers accused of spying in Iran get emotional visit from moms

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on May 20, 2010 10:20 am

Three American hikers, all students at California’s Berkeley University, who accidentally strayed over the Iran border were jailed 10 months ago, are accused of spying. Iran has not brought the three to trial or made clear if formal charges have been filed. In February, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed swapping them for Iranians he says are jailed in the U.S., raising fears that the three are being held as bargaining chips. Today, their mothers were finally allowed to visit, a humanitarian gesture by Iran, the hikers are grateful. After greeting their mothers in a hotel in Tehran, a press conference was held: