Two Americans held in an Iranian jail for the last 18 months on suspicion of spying appeared in court on Sunday on the first day of their closed-door trial, state television reported.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested on July 31, 2009 near Iran's border with Iraq, along with a third American, Sarah Shourd, who was released on $500,000 bail in September and returned home.
The three, in their late 20s and early 30s, claim they were hiking in the mountains of northern Iraq and if they crossed the unmarked border into Iran, it was "by mistake".
State-run English language Press TV ran a banner headline saying the two men had attended the session, which had finished. It did not indicate when the trial would resume or what had happened in the court, which was closed to the public and press.
A trial date set for last November was postponed at the last minute due to the absence of Shourd, who has met President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since her release.
ReutersLast Mod: 06 Şubat 2011, 14:47