US hiker in Iranian jail allowed brief call to mom

American hiker Sarah Shourd speaks at a news conference after meeting with her mother in Iran.

August 5, 2010 9:36:34 AM PDT
One of three U.S. hikers jailed in Iran was allowed to call her mother on the phone briefly this week - only the second phone call since she was detained more than a year ago.

That's according to Sarah Shourd's mother, Nora. She said Thursday that her 31-year-old daughter reached her on her cell phone on Monday and they talked for three or four minutes.

The mother says they talked about her daughter's health problems and her solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison. She says her daughter has asked jailers for medical treatment.

Nora Shourd says her daughter told her, "They won't listen to me."

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested along the Iraqi border, and Iran accuses them of spying. Their families deny that accusation.