From the AP via SF Gate:
The Obama administration on Friday renewed calls for Iran to immediately release three American hikers detained for nearly nine months and also appealed to the Iranian government to issue their families visas to visit them.
A day after the families said two of the three are in poor health, the White House and State Department said there was no reason for their continued incarceration. Their comments came after reports from Swiss diplomats who were allowed to visit the trio in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison on Thursday.
“We are disturbed by the families’ reports of their children’s physical and emotional health,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “These three Americans — innocent tourists in Iraq’s Kurdistan region when they were detained on July 31, 2009 — have been unjustly held for almost nine months without formal charges or access to legal representation.”
“We ask the Islamic Republic of Iran to release these three Americans and allow them to go home and be reunited with their families,” she said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs expressed deep concern for the hikers and called for their release.
[Read more at the SF Gate]