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IRAN: American hiker, released on bail after being detained in 2009, is subpoenaed for court hearing

April 26, 2011 |  1:56 pm

Sarahshourd042611 A woman who was among three Americans detained by Iranian forces in 2009 on suspicion of spying is wanted back in Iran for a court hearing in May, a news agency reported Tuesday.

Subpoenas issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry indicate Sarah Shourd's presence at the court session scheduled May 11 is considered mandatory, said her lawyer, Masoud Shafii, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran released Shourd on $500,000 bail in September, but her two male companions remained jailed in Tehran. Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have pleaded not guilty, were hiking near the Iran-Iraq border when they were arrested.

Espionage charges can carry the death penalty under Iranian law.

-- Emal Haidary

Photo: Sarah Shourd in September 2010. Credit: Atta Kenare / AFP/Getty Images