Amnesty Criticizes Iranian Jews' Trial

Published May 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Amnesty International, has called for the trial in Iran of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel to be held in public, the BBC reported Friday.  

Amnesty said that, despite repeated assurances by the Iranian authorities that the accused are being given a fair trial, the proceedings in the southern city of Shiraz fell far short of international standards.  

The trial, which began nearly two weeks ago, is open only to the lawyers of the accused.  

BBC added that the organization said the Iranian Jews were arrested without warrant early last year and denied access to lawyers and relatives for several months.  

Six of the defendants have confessed to spying for Israel, while one has denied the charges.  

The case has provoked condemnation from Israel, although the Iranian authorities have denied that the trial is political, saying nine Muslims are also accused of the same charges - 


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