Iran Jews Convicted of Spying; Clinton condemns treatment of
Jews and Bahá'ís in Iran
Iran Jews Convicted of Spying; Clinton condemns treatment of Jews and
Bahá'ís in Iran
New York (July 1, 2000) – According to an Associated Press
report published this morning in The New York Times, ten Iranian Jews
were convicted Saturday of spying for Israel. The leading defense lawyer
said they were sentenced to prison terms of four to 13 years. Three
others who were similarly accused were acquitted.
Israel denied the accused were its agents, and protested the
verdicts and sentences. Relatives of the accused arrived at the
courthouse in Shiraz on foot because of the Jewish Sabbath. When they
heard the verdict, they howled in anguish. One family member fainted,
according to the report.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary released the
following statement by President Clinton this morning:
I am deeply disturbed by the verdicts handed down in the trial of
the 13 Jewish Iranians accused of espionage. International human rights
organizations, the Special Rapporteur on Iran for the United Nations
Human Rights Commission, the United States and many other nations have
denounced the seriously flawed judicial process by which these sentences
were determined. The proceedings have been rightly criticized around the
world for their failure to accord due process of law to the defendants.
We have raised our concerns time and again, when the Iranian
government has treated intellectuals, journalists, Muslim clerics and
members of the Bahá'í
community with the same fundamental unfairness. We are deeply
disappointed that the Iranian government has again failed to act as a
society based on the rule of law, to which the Iranian people aspire.
We call upon the government of Iran to remedy the failings of these
procedures immediately and overturn these unjust sentences. We will
continue to engage with other interested governments and organizations
as part of our broader concern for the treatment of minority groups and
human rights in Iran.
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