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Iran Claims “Fresh Evidence” In US Spy Cases

From their allies at Reuters:

Iran starts new probe over detained U.S.-Iranians

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s judicial authorities have launched investigations based on fresh evidence in the cases of two Iranian-Americans detained on spying charges, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday.

Haleh Esfandiari, a Middle East expert at the U.S.-based Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and Ali Tajbakhsh, urban planning consultant with George Soros’ Open Society Institute are being held on security charges.

Two other Iranian-Americans are accused of the same charges. One of them has been freed on bail but is banned from leaving the country.

“We have received fresh evidence about (Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh’s charges)… fresh investigations have started based on this evidence,” judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi told a weekly news conference…

Jamshidi said last month that the cases of the four “were in the final stages and results of the investigations will be announced in the next one to two weeks.”

Under Iran’s legal system, the investigation could lead to the case being sent to trial or dismissed…

The idea that a Soros employee would be working for the United States proves the preposterousness of these charges.

Of course this was always just another blatant hostage grab.

The UN will condemn it any minute now.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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