Held Hostage in Iran: American Hiker Sarah Shourd's First Interview
Christiane: The United States is very pleased you have released Sarah Shane and the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has said that she wants the other two, Josh and Shane, to be released also, a humanitarian gesture.
President Ahmadinejad: Now you may be aware that eight Iranians are illegally being detained in the United States. So I believe that it would not be misplaced to as that the U.S. government should make a humanitarian gesture to release Iranians who were illegally arrested and detained here in the United States.
We're saddened that there are individuals in prison, and it make us unhappy when people are in prison anywhere in the world. But in the end of the day, there's a law that determines who stays in prison and who does not.
Christiane: And do you think they'll be released anytime soon? Would you intervene like you did for Sarah?
President Ahmadinejad: I would give a recommendation, but their cases have to be examined. They violated the law.