Muhammad Ali asks Iran to free U.S. hikers [Updated]
Ali wrote a letter on Feb. 1 asking Khamenei as a brother in Islam to release hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested in northern Iraq near the Iranian border.
[Updated at 10:00 a.m.: “Please show the world the compassion I know you have in your heart,” Ali wrote to Khamenei in the letter released to the Associated Press on Wednesday.]
The former world heavyweight champion also wrote to Khamenei last year, shortly before a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released on bail in September.
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Muhammad Ali in 1999. Credit: Richard Drew / AP