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U.S. Hikers Imprisoned in Iran Married 

MOHAMMED MAHJOUB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer, two Americans arrested and imprisoned in 2009 for hiking near the Iraq-Iran border, got married on Sunday in an undisclosed location in California.

Bauer proposed to Shourd while they were imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, having woven together a ring that she showed off on “Good Morning America” last year.

Bauer, Shourd and their friend Josh Fattal were arrested in July 2009 while hiking along Iran’s unmarked border with Iraq and accused of espionage.  All three denied the charges, saying they were just hiking in Iraq’s scenic north, and might have accidentally crossed an unmarked border with Iran.

Shourd was forced to leave her two friends behind in September 2010 after being held captive for over 400 days. She was released for humanitarian reasons so she could be treated for a lump in her breast.

Bauer, a freelance journalist, and Fattal, and environmental activist, were sentenced to eight years in prison, but were released about eight months ago, after more than two years.

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American Hiker Being Held in Iranian Prison Turns 29

ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Josh Fattal, one of two American hikers who are being held in an Iranian prison, turns 29 on Saturday.

Fattal’s birthday will see family members and friends engaging in a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their loved one, who is being held at the Evin Prison in Tehran along with fellow American hiker Shane Bauer.

The families of both men released a statement on Saturday saying: "Josh Fattal, one of the two American hikers unjustly detained in Iran, turns 29 today, his second birthday in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. Josh's grandmother, Muriel Felleman (85) as well as Josh's extended family and friends are hunger striking to protest Josh and Shane's ongoing detention."

Fattal and Bauer, along with fellow hiker Sarah Shourd, were detained on July 31, 2009 after crossing an unmarked border while hiking in northern Iraq.  Iranian authorities claimed the trio had illegally crossed over into their territory and charged them with spying for the U.S.

Shourd, who is Bauer’s fiancée, was kept in solitary confinement until she was released by Iranian authorities after posting $500,000 bail in September of 2010.

The two imprisoned hikers are still awaiting trial in the matter.

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