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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Senators Comment on Hikers' Release

US Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey have released statements regarding the release of the American hikers who had been detained in Iran.

Josh Fattal of Elkins Park, Pa., and Shane Bauer of Onamia, Minn., had been held in Iran for two years.

"I am elated that Josh and Shane were finally released today. These innocent men suffered for far too long at the hands of injustice. Their release is a testament to the hard work and commitment of their families who have not rested over the past two years. I was honored to support their efforts and we are thrilled that this day has finally arrived. I look forward to welcoming you home, Josh and Shane," said Casey, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

In April, Toomey sent a letter to President Obama, along with several of his colleagues, urging the president to pursue all diplomatic means to return the American hikers to their families.

“For the last two years, the Iranian government has cruelly imprisoned two innocent American hikers and denied them a fair trial,” Toomey said. “For too long, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been separated from their families, their friends and their lives. I am thankful for their long overdue release and wish them a safe return home.”

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