Iran's Khatami sees trial confessions 'invalid'

Iran has already held mass trials of nearly 140 individuals charged with masterminding the post-vote unrest.

 Iran's Khatami sees trial confessions 'invalid'

Former President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday trial confessions by protesters accused of fomenting post-election unrest were made under "extraordinary conditions" and were invalid, an Iranian news agency reported.

At Tuesday's trial, the fourth since June polls claimed by opposition as "fraudulent", senior reformer and Khatami ally Saeed Hajjarian was reported as saying he had "made major mistakes during the election by presenting incorrect analyses".

"I apologise to the Iranian nation for those mistakes."

Also on Tuesday former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh and former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, both of whom held their positions under Khatami, were charged with fomenting huge street protests that followed the June presidential election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh was also accused of acting against national security and espionage at Tuesday's trial.

Tajbakhsh also told the court that Khatami had met with billionaire financier George Soros in New York, Iranian media reported, but Khatami said this was also a "lie".

"These confessions are invalid and have been obtained under extraordinary conditions ... such claims are sheer lies and false," Khatami, who backed the main opposition candidate in the election, was quoted as saying by the ILNA news agency.

A prosecutor demanded maximum punishment for Hajjarian who is accused of acting against national security, a crime which can carry the death sentence.

Iran has already held mass trials of nearly 140 individuals charged with masterminding the post-vote unrest.


Agencies

Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2009, 10:52
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