Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reports three detained U.S. citizens have been charged with espionage.
Tehran's general prosecutor (Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi) said Monday a final decision about the detainees would soon be announced. He added that investigations are continuing.
The three Americans were detained on July 31 for entering Iran
illegally, after they apparently strayed across the border while on a
hike in northern Iraq.
The White House said Monday that they are innocent and called for their release.
And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington believes
there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever, and she again
appealed to Iranian authorities to exercise compassion and free the
trio. She spoke Monday at a joint press event in Berlin with German
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Westerwelle expressed his government's "solidarity" with the three Americans and their families.
In Washington, a U.S. State Department spokesman (Ian Kelly) told reporters that the U.S. does not yet have formal confirmation of the charges.
Last week, the detainees' families said Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and
Josh Fattal have had two consular visits with Swiss diplomats at Evin
prison in Tehran. The first visit was in September and the second was
last Thursday. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran.
The families say the hikers are in good physical shape.