U.S. hikers: "We were hostages"
Surrounded by relatives and loved ones, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer spoke to an audience of press in New York City, just days after being released from an Iranian prison where they had been held for more than two years.
Fattal, Bauer and Sarah Shourd were hiking along the Iraq-Iran border in July 2009 when they were detained by Iranian security forces and imprisoned. The three were accused of espionage.
Although Shourd was released on bail after a year, the two men were convicted of spying and illegal entry, and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Last Wednesday, Fattal and Bauer were released, after payment of $500,000 bail each was paid.