Families await news on trial of US hikers in Iran

The mother of 1 of 2 Americans held in Iran says she’ll be up at 1 a.m. Wednesday waiting for any news as they go on trial on espionage charges.

Cindy Hickey of Pine City is the mother of Shane Bauer, who grew up in Onamia. He’s due to stand trial with Josh Fattal, who grew up in suburban Philadelphia. Their families say the men were hiking in northern Iraq when they were arrested by Iranian soldiers July 31, 2009. Bauer’s fiancée was released on bail last September and is back home.

Hickey said Monday they’ve received no fresh word on how Bauer and Fattal are doing since they received a Christmas card from Bauer. She says neither their Iranian lawyer nor diplomats have been allowed to see them recently.