Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from Iran after nearly 14 months of detention, said today she would not rule out going back to the country if it meant proving her innocence and that of her fiance and friend who are still in captivity.
“I’m not ruling anything out, but I’m not ruling anything in,” Shourd said on “Good Morning America.” “I hope that that doesn’t have to happen. If that’s what it takes to prove that we committed no crime and meant no harm and are absolutely innocent, than I’d be willing to do it.”
Upon her release on $500,000 bail two weeks ago, an Iranian prosecutor said that Shourd would have to return to face trial for entering the country illegally. Her fiance, Shane Bauer, and friend, Josh Fattal, remain in Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, where they have been since the trio was arrested in July 2009.
Shourd has been using her newfound freedom to repeatedly plead to Iranian officials and religious leaders for Bauer and Fattal’s release. She has requested a meeting with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is still in the U.S. after his address to the United Nations Thursday — a meeting she is still holding out hope will happen today.
“I really want to beseech him and encourage him to end this for Shane and Josh,” Shourd said on “GMA.” “There is absolutely no evidence that we committed a crime.”