Iranian judge to Announce Verdict in Spy Case on July 1

Published June 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The verdict in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel was set to be announced on July 1st, reported The Associated Press, quoting an official as telling the Iranian television Friday night.  

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 suspects was collaborating with it.  

Israel, the United States and several European countries have questioned the fairness of a trial that has no jury, has been closed to the public and where the judge is also prosecutor, said the agency.  

“The Zionist media and the arrogant media tried to make a campaign to influence the trial, but the Iranian judiciary was not at all influenced,” said the official.  

The case, he said, was studied in an atmosphere free of politics, according to the AP – Albawaba.com  

 

 

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