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Iran Charges 3 US-Iranian Citizens With Spying

From those lovers of crazy theocratic dictatorships at Reuters:

Iran charges three U.S.-Iranian citizens with spying

By Hossein Jaseb

Iran has charged three Iranian-Americans with spying, officials said on Tuesday, just a day after Washington and Tehran held their most high-profile talks in nearly 30 years.

Under Iran’s Islamic sharia law, the charge could carry the death sentence. Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said the three were academic Haleh Esfandiari, social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh and journalist Parnaz Azima…

Tehran accuses Washington of using intellectuals and others inside the country to undermine the Islamic Republic through what it calls “velvet revolution.” The United States has dismissed the accusation.

Iran has arrested, detained or prevented a number of U.S.-Iranian citizens from leaving the country, including Esfandiari, director of the U.S. Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars’ Middle East program.

The United States has condemned the arrest of Esfandiari, detained on May 8 and accused of acting against national security and spying.

U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey on Tuesday repeated U.S. calls for the release of the three and said Switzerland, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, still had not had access to them.

“These are individuals that have family ties to Iran (and) have done independent research and other kinds of civil society activities there for many years. They certainly pose no threat or challenge to the regime … ,” Casey said in Washington…

The New York-based Open Society Institute said last week the social scientist and urban planner had been arrested and imprisoned in Iran on or about May 11… 

You see how much better things are now between our two countries, now that we have sat down and “negotiated” with Iran?

The New York-based Open Society Institute said last week the social scientist and urban planner had been arrested and imprisoned in Iran on or about May 11… 

Iran doesn’t know much about the current events, if they think George Soros would be spying for the US.

It’s far more likely these people were agitating against the US. Or perhaps they were pretending to be spies to cause trouble.

Either way, it’s certain they were up to no good. And now we have to bail them out.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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