Hardline Iranian Daily Calls for Death Penalty for Jews

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's hardline fundamentalist daily Jomhuri-Eslami called Wednesday for the death penalty for 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel. 

In an open letter to the heads of the Iranian judiciary, the paper said experience had shown that each time Iran failed to implement what is known in the Islamic regime as "the divine verdict" it had suffered harm. 

It singled out for criticism a statement by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan supporting the Jews, who were sentenced Saturday to jail terms of between four and 13 years. 

"This statement like those of leaders of other countries who have come out in favor of the members of the spy ring has no value and Iran must in now way show weakness," the daily said. 

The 10 jailed were among 13 Jews tried for spying for Israel, of whom three were acquitted. Two Muslims were also convicted and sentenced to two years in jail, and two others were acquitted. 

Lawyers for the convicted Jews have said they will appeal - TEHRAN (AFP) 

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