Hikers released by Iran set May date for wedding

November 14, 2011 - 1:30 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two American hikers accused of spying and imprisoned in Iran are planning to get married in the spring.

Cindy Hickey, the mother of Minnesota native Shane Bauer, says her son will marry Californian Sarah Shourd on May 5 in the San Francisco area.

Bauer, Shourd and their friend, Josh Fattal, were arrested by Iranian soldiers in July 2009 as they hiked near the Iraq-Iran border. Bauer proposed to Shourd while both were in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Shourd was released after 14 months, but Bauer and Fattal, both 29, were held for more than two years before being freed on bail in September.

Shourd and Bauer have been visiting his family in Minnesota in the past two weeks.

Fattal, an environmental activist, is from Elkins Park, a Philadelphia suburb.