7 May 2012

Imprisoned hikers wed

8:17 am on 7 May 2012

Two American hikers who were jailed in Iran on spying charges in 2009 have got married in California.

Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd got engaged in prison, using a shirt thread as a ring.

Their friend Josh Fattal, who was held with them, acted as best man at the ceremony in California.

Iran freed Ms Shourd on bail after 14 months, but the two men were held until September 2011.

The BBC reports the couple are now said to be on their honeymoon, although the destination has not been disclosed.

The three friends said that if they had crossed into Iran, it had been by accident, but all three were sentenced to eight years in prison for spying and illegally entering the country.