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Ahmadinejad: Spies May Defend Themselves

From Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency:

President: Two detained reporters should freely defend themselves

Tehran, April 19, IRNA – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a letter on Sunday to Tehran’s prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, calling for administration of justice in dealing with the cases of detained reporters Roxana Saberi and Hossein Derakhshan.

According to the Presidential office, the letter called on Tehran’s prosecutor to precisely handle the case, observe administration of justice and ensure that the accused persons can freely and legally defend themselves.

Iran’s revolutionary court sentenced an Iranian national working for a number of foreign media, Roxana Saberi to eight years in jail on charges of espionage, it was announced on Saturday.

Sentence first, then the trial. That is justice, Sharia style.

Of course if anyone notices, then you throw in a little window-dressing like this.

Still, what is even more pathetic is that our watchdog media are hailing Mr. Ahmadinejad’s laughable pronouncement as if it was some wise decree from Solomon.

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Iran president urges full defense for US reporter

By Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN,Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said an American journalist sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the U.S. should be allowed to offer a full defense at her appeal, the state news agency reported Sunday.

The statement came a day after Iran announced the conviction and sentence for Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen. It was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of espionage, and her lawyer said he will appeal.

Ahmadinejad instructed chief Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to personally ensure that "suspects be given all their rights to defend themselves" against the charges. "Prepare for the court proceedings … to observe and apply justice precisely" …

And from his admirers at Reuters:

Iran president: ensure U.S.-Iranian reporter’s rights

By Parisa Hafezi And Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on the judiciary to ensure that an Iranian-American journalist jailed for espionage enjoys her legal right to defend herself, the official news agency IRNA said on Sunday…

At least IRNA has an excuse for kowtowing to this madman.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Ahmadinejad: Spies May Defend Themselves”

  1. proreason says:

    Coming soon to a town near you.

  2. canary says:

    Saberi was born in Iran, and truly loved it there. Prehaps she meant she was spying for Iran?

    Bloomberg – Iranian officials first said Saberi was arrested for continuing to report after authorities declined to extend her press accreditation, which expired more than a year ago. Earlier this month, prosecutors said she had confessed to having engaged in espionage activities under the guise of a reporter.

    Saberi came to Iran six years ago and has since reported for news organizations that include National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corp.

    Her Iranian-born father, Reza Saberi, told NPR yesterday that his daughter had been “deceived” into making incriminating statements after being promised she would be freed in exchange. Saberi’s father and Japanese-born mother, who live in North Dakota, traveled to Iran to try and help their daughter.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This trial will be something like the movie ‘Breaker Morant’ in which the court had already decided the fates of three British soldiers but chose to have a court martial anyway to convey the image that they were being given a fair trial.

    • canary says:

      Maybe he’s just holding her hostage til Obama comes back to visit. He is one Naughty man. I can’t believe Columbia University allowed him to visit the college the Obama attended.

      I wonder if the Dick head of Iran designed that flag.

  4. heykev says:

    I don’t understand why we aren’t doing anything to destabilize that country. Most of Iran is young, with an estimated 60 percent under 25 years old. This group is craving western culture (such as it is). They are having to import gas for crying out loud.

    Would be nice to have someone in power who’s not a crazy person whose reason for living is wanting to hasten the appearing of the “12th Imam or Mahdi.” To hasten the return of the Mahdi, Ahmadinejad will welcome Israeli air strikes to generate adverse world reaction towards Israel and the U.S.

    There must be something wrong with many “pious” Muslims (if there is such a thing) because they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Murdering people by blowing yourself up and having that vile act extolled as virtue in mosques is not what I would call a “religion of peace.”
    Even the Quran speaks against this :
    “If you are (pious and) Allah-fearing (taqwa), He will bestow on you the gift
    of discriminating between right and wrong.” Quran, Infaal: 29

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Muslims are a lot like “BlackBarry” da Pirate………

    Muslims appear to take only the pieces of the Quran they want so they can claim that what they are doing is right by Allah.

    “BlackBarry” appears to be using pieces of our Constitution to take down the Republic so he can claim he is doing right by “BlackBarry”.

    Terrorist think alike!!!

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