Minn. native, two others, accused of espionage in Iran


Three Americans, including a Minnesota native, have been detained in Iran because they are accused of espionage, according to an Iranian prosecutor.

The three "have been accused," but there was no indication if they were formally charged with the crime. Much of the Iranian judicial system occurs behind closed doors. The prosecutor said the investigation was continuing and there would be an opinion on the case soon.

Shane Bauer, a Pine City native, girlfriend Sarah Shourd, and friend Josh Fattal were in the northeastern area of Iraq on July 31 when they crossed over the Iranian border and were detained. Family members say the three friends were on vacation hiking and crossed the border on accident.

There were 21 vigils around the world this weekend for them.