The lawyer for two American men sentenced to 8-year prison sentences on charges of espionage and illegal entry says he has filed an appeal.
Masoud Shafiei told The Associated Press that the appeals court could decide immediately about his clients, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, or take up to two months to decide.
Bauer and Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being taken into custody on the Iran-Iraq border. A third American who was taken with them, Sarah Shourd, was released in September 2010 on $500,000 bail and returned to the United States.
All three graduated from UC Berkeley. Shourd's hometown is Oakland.
The three say they crossed into Iran by accident during a hike.