Families Urge Ahmadinejad to Release Hikers

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The mothers of three American hikers, who are being detained in Iran, have asked Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to free their children.

Iranian authorities arrested and jailed the three students last summer after they crossed into Iran while hiking in Iraq. Their families said they accidentally strayed into the Islamic Republic.

The families of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal have worked tirelessly since on their behalf. Now, their U.S. senators have also joined the effort urging for the trio's release.

"I think it would do the Iranian government a lot of good in the eyes of the world if they would show a little humanitarianism," said Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.

The families are hoping to meet with Ahmadinejad in New York City next week where he is expected to attend a United Nations nuclear conference. Ahmadinejad has already applied for a U.S. visa to attend the meeting.

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