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IRAN - June 22 - 'No Death Penalties For Jews'.

Hossein Ali Amiri, the judiciary chief of Fars province, says none of the 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel will be sentenced to death. (The defence has said the charges do not carry the death penalty, but this is the 1st time an Iranian official representing the prosecution has ruled out death sentences for the accused.) Amiri says the verdict will be announced before the end of June, adding that the death penalty applies only to charges of "moharebeh", fighting against God and the state, and the men have not been charged with that offence. The penalty for espionage is a prison term. (8 of the 13 Jewish defendants have pleaded guilty, 4 have pleaded innocent and one has said he passed information to Israel, but did not think that his action constituted espionage. Israel has denied any of the 13 were spies. Israel and several European countries have expressed concern about the case, and the US has said the outcome could affect a recent rapprochement. Attention has focused on the fairness of the trial, closed to the public with no jury and with the judge acting as prosecutor. 8 Muslims also are on trial in the same case, including 2 who have been detained for passing secret information to the Jews.)
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Jun 24, 2000
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