Thursday, September 22, 2011

MN Congressional Delegation Welcomes Return of Hikers

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Chip Cravaack are relieved that two U.S. hikers have been released from prison in Iran.  Shane Bauer, a former Minnesotan and his friend Josh Fattal, had been jailed on espionage charges for two years.

Senator Klobuchar said she is relieved the two men have survived this nightmare and are returning home to their families. She went on to say that Iran’s initial arrest of the three young hikers and continued detention and conviction of Shane and Josh was unwarranted.

Senator Franken is thrilled that they are being reunited with their families, who have suffered so much over the last two years.

Klobuchar and Franken advocated for the hikers’ release since they were detained in July of 2009. Both Senators have met with and spoke repeatedly to the Swiss ambassadors to both the U.S. and Iran. Klobuchar and Franken also introduced a resolution calling for the Iranian government to release the hikers.

Minnesota 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack said he admired Shane's courage and bravery demonstrated throughout his detainment in Iran.  He says he is pleased he is reunited with his friends and loved ones who waited so long for his safe return.

Bauer's grew up in Onamia.  His mother lives in Pine City.

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