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French, Brit Confess At Iran Show Trials

From an unbiased reporter named ‘Ali Akbar’ at the Associated Press:

Nazak Afshar

French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – A young French academic and local staff of the British and French embassies stood trial Saturday with dozens of Iranian opposition figures and confessed to being involved in the country’s postelection unrest.

Iran’s opposition and rights groups have condemned the trial as a sham and say such confessions are coerced and scripted. Britain, which seemed caught off guard by the appearance of its embassy employee, called it an outrage, while France demanded the immediate release of its citizen

The French academic and the two embassy employees took turns standing at a podium in the large, wood-paneled courtroom to make confessions before a judge seated between two large portraits for Iran’s supreme leader and the Islamic Republic’s founder.

The French Embassy employee, Nazak Afshar, cried as she admitted she was involved in postelection disturbances. She dabbed her eyes with a tissue and said that "brothers at the Intelligence Ministry made me understand my mistake," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Such confessions — whether coerced or not — have become the centerpiece of Iran’s mass trial of more than 100 prominent opposition figures and activists, which began a week ago.

Hossein Rassam, a political analyst at the British Embassy who was arrested shortly after the election, told the court that Britain was involved in fomenting the unrest, according IRNA.

He said a budget of 300,000 pounds — or about $500,000 — had been allocated to establish contacts with Iranian political groups, influential individuals and activists, IRNA reported.

The news agency quoted him as saying that he established contacts before the election with the campaign headquarters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the pro-reform candidate who says he was robbed of victory through fraud.

"My main responsibility was to gather information from Tehran and other cities by setting up contacts with individuals and influential parties and political groups and to send reports to London. … The British Embassy, due to its hostile policies in Iran and fear of exposure of its contacts inside Iran, employed local staff to establish such contacts. I established such contacts based on orders from embassy officials," IRNA quoted Rassam as saying.

Rassam has been charged with espionage and "acting against national security," IRNA reported…

Note how the AP isn’t quite willing to pronounce whether these confessions are being coerced or not.

After all, we are not dealing with American authorities.

Britain, which seemed caught off guard by the appearance of its embassy employee, called it an outrage…

It looks like the British foreign service doesn’t read the newspapers.

The Iranians have been promising this for weeks.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “French, Brit Confess At Iran Show Trials”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Notice no mention of any broken arms or legs either!!

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