Iran summons freed US woman for trial

February 1st, 2011 - 9:32 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Feb 1 (IANS) An American woman, who was arrested in Iran on charges of spying and later freed on bail, has been summoned by an Iranian court for trial, the IRNA news agency reported.US hiker Sarah Shourd and her two friends - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer - were arrested in July 2009 for illegally entering Iran.

Shourd was released on bail of around $500,000 last year due to her failing health, while Fattal and Bauer remain jailed in Tehran.

She has been summoned by the Islamic Revolutionary Court to attend a trial session scheduled Feb 6, judiciary spokesman General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said.

The three have been charged with espionage.

Mohseni-Ejei had said in November last year that Iran would put Fattal and Bauer on trial after Shourd was brought back to the country.

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