Cal Hikers' Moms Send Letter to Iran's Supreme Leader

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Cal Hikers' Moms Not Giving Up on Personal Appeals

ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

Detained US hikers Shane Bauer (2nd-L), Sarah Shourd (C-L) and Josh Fattal (2nd-R) sit with their mothers during their first meeting since their arrest, in the Iranian capital Tehran on May 20, 2010. The mothers of three US hikers detained for 10 months in Iran called for their release as a "humanitarian gesture" after an emotional reunion with their children, an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The mothers of three UC Berkeley graduates being held in Iran are marking 11 months of their captivity with a letter to the country's supreme leader pleading for their release.

The letter sent Wednesday to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is signed by the mothers of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Iranian officials have accused the three of espionage after they were taken into captivity along the Iran-Iraq border last July during what their families say was a hiking trip.

Cindy Hickey, Nora Shourd and Laura Fattal appealed to Khamenei to "bring the cruel injustice of their continued detention to an end." The mothers say their children should either be tried immediately or released.

The mothers unsuccessfully sought a meeting with Khamenei when they traveled to Iran last month.

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