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Ali pleads hikers' case

Famed boxing icon Muhammad Ali joined a group of Muslim Americans who are asking for the release of two American hikers.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who trekked into Iran, have been imprisoned in the country for almost two years, charged with espionage.

Ali's wife, Lonnie, said Iranians are good people who love Ali.

"And it is based on that compassion — the love of Allah, the love of (the Prophet) Muhammad — that we ask for their release," she said.


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