IRAN - July 8 - US Criticism Ignored.
Former Iranian Pres. Rafsanjani ridicules Clinton's pledge. Rafsanjani says: "Clinton boasted that the US would not allow the Jews to remain in prison", adding: "The blind accusation against the judiciary is very impudent and impertinent". Overseas Jewish groups and Western governments had dismissed the espionage trial, held behind closed doors, as unfair, while Israel denied the accused had any links to its Mossad intelligence service. However, Iranian judiciary officials defended the process, saying the hearing was closed to protect national security. They also made an effort to brief foreign correspondents during the trial. Defence lawyers for the Jews, meanwhile, have blasted foreign criticism of the verdicts, saying it has complicated their effort to win on appeal.
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 8, 2000|
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