This weekend, freed Americans Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer recounted their two years in “a world of lies and false hope” behind the walls of an Iranian prison.
During their press conference, Fattal and Bauer stated that they were held in complete isolation in Tehran’s Evin prison and allowed a total of 15 minutes of phone calls with their families throughout their captivity.
Fattal also said they had to wage a number of hunger strikes in order to even receive letters from their families.
So glad to hear that they are home and appear to be in pretty good shape all things considered!
Wearing green shirts and big smiles, Bauer and Fattal landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport four days after their release by Iranian authorities. In a news conference following their arrival, they described long days held in isolation, the hours punctuated by the screams of other inmates, and their “total sham” of a trial.
“Releasing us is a good gesture, and no positive step should go unnoticed,” Fattal told reporters Sunday afternoon. “We applaud the Iranian authorities for finally making the right decision regarding our case. But we want to be clear that they do not deserve undue credit for ending what they had no right and no justification to start in the first place.”
Fattal, Bauer and Bauer’s now-fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were arrested after straying across the unmarked border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran in July 2009. Shourd was released in 2010, but Bauer and Fattal were freed only Wednesday, after 781 days in captivity and a trial for espionage that Bauer said was based on “ridiculous lies.”