Sean Penn Played Part in Hikers’ Release from Iran

Sources close to actor Sean Penn confirmed that the actor played a huge part in the release of hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer from an Iranian prison where they had been held for over two years. The duo, along with friend Sarah Shourd, were captured by Iranian troops and charged with espionage when they got lost hiking along the Iraq-Iran border.

Penn is close friends with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  Reuters reported

Chavez  urged his ally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to release the hikers after the South American leader was lobbied by pals in U.S. “intellectual circles.

Fattal and Bauer were released on $500,000 “bail” each after eight-year sentences were delivered in August, 2011.

Shourd’s bail was the same, but she did not go to trial and was released in 2010 on humanitarian grounds.

photo: screen shot, Sean Penn on Charlie Rose
15 Responses to "Sean Penn Played Part in Hikers’ Release from Iran"
jo6pac | Saturday September 24, 2011 07:09 pm 1


Larue | Saturday September 24, 2011 07:28 pm 2

Incredible . . . yer sure Sean Penn was involved?

What a coup n score!


tovangar2 | Saturday September 24, 2011 08:04 pm 3

Who paid the $1.5 million bail for the three?

pastfedup | Saturday September 24, 2011 08:09 pm 4
In response to Larue @ 2

If this is indeed the case, then many thanks to Sean; and to Hugo Chavez.

karenb | Saturday September 24, 2011 08:16 pm 5
In response to tovangar2 @ 3

The sultan of Oman.

Dearie | Saturday September 24, 2011 08:34 pm 6

If I ever got into trouble in some goofball country, I would be thrilled to have Sean Penn involved in securing my ransom. I think he helped in New Orleans, too.

dancewater | Saturday September 24, 2011 08:51 pm 7

Sean Penn has also helped people (a LOT@) in Haiti in the last couple of years. He is a good guy.

KilgourTrout | Saturday September 24, 2011 09:06 pm 8

Enlightened leadership from the artistic community.

jfoster | Sunday September 25, 2011 05:49 am 9

Politicos spend too much time hemming and hawing. I would think Sean Penn said to Hugo. Hey! Tell your friend in Iran to let these innocent hikers go NOW. Probably, short and sweet about it.

maa8722 | Sunday September 25, 2011 07:32 am 10
In response to karenb @ 5

Maybe the Sultan was the go between for Penn’s money?

maa8722 | Sunday September 25, 2011 07:34 am 11
In response to maa8722 @ 10

That is, Americans can’t send money to Iran. It’s on the OFEC list.

metro222 | Sunday September 25, 2011 07:49 am 12

I am happy that they are released and are coming home but when will people learn to stay out of those places that we are not welcome. Look at the problems this has caused.

wayoutwest | Sunday September 25, 2011 08:37 am 13

If this story is valid i believe the praise should go to Hugo Chavez who is the one with the connections to make the release possible. Kudos to Sean for his involvement but praise for the one who made it happen.

metro222 | Sunday September 25, 2011 11:01 am 14

What is really bothering me for a long time is that kid from Seattle who is in jail for murder in Italy. What a scam of the justice over there. Why are the American Diplomats not climbing all over this one? Two media correspondence were reporting on National News how primitive they are over there. One of the correspondence had to leave Itay in a hurry to avoid prosecution from the same lunatic that prosecuted Ms Knox because he criticized the prosecutor . In Italy all the prosecutor has to say is that you did something and it is your responsiblity to prove you are innocent not theirs to prove you are guilty. I told my kids to stay out of Italy.

DonWilliams | Tuesday September 27, 2011 09:25 am 15

What sort of lunatic “is close friends with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez”?

Okay, yeah. We know.

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