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Updated: December 15, 2009 12:29 IST

Iran to try three Americans who crossed Iraqi border

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Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, delivers a lecture on Global Developments and the Future of Asia, at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi. File photo: AP.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, delivers a lecture on Global Developments and the Future of Asia, at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi. File photo: AP.

Iran’s foreign minister says three Americans jailed since crossing the border from Iraq in July will go on trial.

Manouchehr Mottaki did not say when proceedings would begin or specify the charge, but in November authorities accused the Americans of spying. The foreign minister’s comments were the first clear indication that Iran plans to put them on trial.

Relatives and the U.S government say the three were innocent tourists on an adventure hike in northern Iraq and accidentally crossed into Iran, where they were arrested on July 31.

Mr. Mottaki said at a news conference on Monday that the Americans had “suspicious aims.”

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