Court Hearings Finished in Spy Trial of Iranian Jews

Published June 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Courtroom proceedings in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel have ended, and the defense has completed its work, reported The Associated Press, quoting a senior judicial official as saying.  

“There will be no more court hearings,” said the judiciary chief of Fars province, Hossein Ali Amiri.  

The court was awaiting responses to two inquiries, he said, without specifying the nature of the inquiries or to whom they had been presented.  

“Once we get a response, the case will be closed and the court will issue a verdict within a week,” Amiri said.  

Eight of the 13 Jewish defendants have pleaded guilty, four have pleaded innocent and one has said he passed information to Israel, but did not think his action constituted espionage. Israel has denied any of the 13 were spies.  

Israel, the United States and several European countries have expressed concern about the case. Attention has focused on the fairness of a trial closed to the public with no jury and the judge acting as prosecutor, said AP.  

Eight Muslims are also on trial in the same case, including two who have been detained for passing secret information to the Jews, according to AP – Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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