Four Jews in Iran Spy Trial Accused of Espionage for Iraq

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Four of the 13 Jews on trial in Iran on charges of spying for Israel have also been accused of spying for Iraq, two French lawyers in Tehran told AFP on Sunday. 

"Some of the defendants are accused of spying for Iraq," Pierre Dunac and Stephane Zerbib said in a joint statement. The two lawyers have been mandated by Avocats Sans Frontieres (Lawyers Without Borders) to follow the trial. 

Those being accused of spying for Iraq were named by the lawyers as Levi-Haim, Shahrokh Paknahad, Faramarz Kachi and Asher Zadmehr. 

"It is hard to believe, even astonishing, that someone could be a spy for Israel and Iraq at the same time, all the more because the accused are patently not rich people," the lawyers commented. 

The trial of the 13 Jews before a revolutionary court in Shiraz opened on April 13. 

Ten of the defendants have been in custody since their arrest last year, while the remaining three along with eight unidentified Muslims have been granted bail. 

The Muslims are alleged to have provided the Jews with information about Iranian defense sites. 

Last week the two French lawyers had meetings with the Shiraz judiciary, when they received assurances that the Jews would not necessarily receive the death sentence if found guilty. 

They were not allowed to meet the accused away from television cameras as they had wanted – TEHRAN (AFP)  

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