TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has set February 6 as a new trial date for three US hikers charged with espionage, their lawyer said Monday, prolonging the uncertainty of the two still in jail more than 15 months after being held on the Iraq border. I have received an official notification to appear in court on the 17 Bahman (February 6) to represent my three clients, Sarah (Shourd), Josh (Fattal) and Shane (Bauer), lawyer Masoud Shafii told AFP. He added that he was unaware if a special summons had been sent to Shourd, the lone woman among the three, who was released on bail and flew out of Iran on September 14 in a deal brokered by the Gulf sultanate of Oman. Shafii said the charges against his clients remained illegal entry and espionage. Shourd, 32, her fiance Bauer, 28, and Fattal, 28, all insist they had innocently strayed across the border with neighbouring Iraq when they were detained on July 31, 2009. The new trial date falls in early February, when Iran celebrates the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution and the fall of the US-backed shahs regime - and when anti-American rhetoric reaches a climax. Sarah left Iran (in mid-September), but yesterday I asked judge Salavati to arrange a meeting with the two, he said. Salavati has overseen a string of trials involving people charged with anti-Iran or anti-revolutionary activities, particularly cases connected with huge street protests that followed Irans controversial 2009 presidential election. He also presided over the trial of French academic Clotilde Reiss, who was arrested during the election unrest and later freed after paying a fine of 285,000 dollars. Shourd was freed despite criticism within the Iranian judiciary of interference in its work by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads government, with some lawmakers directly attacking the president for pushing for her release. The Swiss embassy, too, worked intensely in securing Shourds release. The mission manages US interests in Iran, with Washington and Tehran having no diplomatic relations since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution. US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have said there is no justification for prosecuting the three Americans. We do not believe that there is any basis whatsoever for them to be put on trial and we regret that they and their families are being subjected to a criminal system that we do not think in any way reflects their actions, she said in October. So its our continuing request to the Iranian government that, just as they released the young woman, that they release these two young men, Clinton said, adding its unfortunate the pair have been held for more than a year. Iran is also detaining two German journalists accused of spying after they were arrested while interviewing the son of a woman condemned to death by stoning.