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Berkley Hikers Back From Two Year Study Abroad, Taxpayers Pick Up $1M Life Lesson Tuition Bill

Two American hikers held for years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not because they might have crossed the border from Iraq.

The two 29-year-olds were freed last week under a $1 million bail deal and arrived Wednesday in Oman, greeted by relatives and fellow hiker Sarah Shourd, who was released last year.The men’s families said Sunday they don’t know who paid the bail.

The hikers’ detention, Bauer said, was “never about crossing the unmarked border between Iran and Iraq. We were held because of our nationality.”He said they don’t know whether they had even crossed into Iran: “We will probably never know.”

The irony of it all, Bauer said, “is that Sarah, Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility.”

The three Berkley students were suprised that their political science textbook failed to cover the fact that Iranian goverment hates all Americans and even though you oppose US policy, Iranian government still hate you..

 

 

 

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