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US: Scientist's return should prompt hiker release

US: Scientist's return should prompt hiker release

The Obama administration is stepping up calls for Iran to release three American hikers detained for nearly a year. It says they should get the same treatment as an Iranian scientist who was allowed to return home from the United States.
The State Department said Thursday's arrival in Tehran of Shahram Amiri after more than a year in the U.S. under mysterious circumstances demonstrated the kind of freedom the hikers' deserve. Spokesman P.J. Crowley said no swap was being negotiated but stressed that "we expect the same kind of treatment for our citizens."
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested near the Iran-Iraq border on July 31 and have been jailed without charge since.