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Iran Judge Claims US Hostages Admit “Activities”

From those lovers of hostage-taking at Reuters:

An Iranian woman passes by a mural showing the US Statue of Liberty with a skull as a face at the American embassy in Tehran.

Iran judge says held U.S.-Iranians admit “activities”

By Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Two Iranian-Americans detained in the Islamic Republic on spying charges have “accepted that they carried out some activities,” an Iranian judge was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Judge Hossein Haddad said a third dual national, journalist Parnaz Azima, had been detained for cooperating with “anti-revolutionary” media. But a judiciary source later told Reuters she was released on bail and was not now under arrest.

The Iranian judiciary on May 29 said Azima, academic Haleh Esfandiari and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh were accused of spying. The United States has called for their release and denied that they are spies.

Iran, which does not recognize dual nationalities, has told Washington the arrests are none of its concern.

The detentions come at a time of increased tension between Tehran and Washington over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, which Western powers suspect is a cover for building atom bombs. Iran says it wants only to generate electricity.

Iran says Washington is using intellectuals and others to carry out a “soft revolution” to topple the Islamic state. A charge of spying could carry the death sentence.

“They have accepted that they have carried out some activities but they say their aim was to help,” Haddad, security deputy of Tehran’s public and revolutionary court, told the ISNA news agency about the cases of Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh.

It was not clear if this amounted to an admission of spying…

Gosh, all of this has a familiar ring to it. 

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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