Milani Talks About Freed Hikers

USF’s Mohsen Milani says the American hikers became a pawn caught in the middle of Iranian politics.

 

 

By Ilyce Mecker-Forman

USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2011) Two American hikers were freed after being held in an Iranian jail for two years on charges of illegally crossing an unmarked border into Iran and for being spies.

The hikers steadfastly denied the charges and maintained their innocence. According to Mohsen Milani, a Middle East Expert and the chair of the University of South Florida's Department of Government and International affairs, the fate of the Americans became entangled in the internal politics of Iran.