Khamenei: 'no proof'over foreign backing for Iran's protest leaders

Iran's supreme leader said he does not accuse the leaders of the post-election violence in June of being backed by foreign states.

Khamenei: 'no proof'over foreign backing for Iran's protest leaders
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he does not accuse the leaders of the post-election violence in June of being backed by foreign states, state television reported.

"I do not accuse the leaders of the recent incidents to be subordinate to the foreigners, like the United States and Britain, since this issue has not been proven for me," Khamenei said in a statement read out by a newsreader.

"But there is no doubt that this movement, whether its leaders know or not, was planned in advance," Khamenei said in a meeting with university students.

"This plot was defeated, since fortunately our enemies still do not understand the issue in Iran," said the statement, read out over pictures of Khamenei.

"Our enemies were given a slap in face by the Iranian nation, but they are still hopeful and they are pursuing the issue," he said.

"We should not proceed in dealing with those behind the protests based on rumours and guesswork," the Khamenei statement said. "The judiciary should only give rulings based on solid evidence, not on circumstantial evidence."

Khamenei also indicated that members of the security forces who took part in the post-election crackdown were not immune from prosecution.

"I appreciate the work of the police and basij (Islamic militia) in dealing with the riots, but this does not mean that some of the crimes which occurred will not be dealt with and anyone who is a member of those two who committed a fault should be dealt with."

Iran has already staged mass trials of more than 140 people on charges linked to the massive demonstrations and violence that followed Ahmadinejad's victory.

On August 3 Khamenei hailed the vote that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power as he confirmed him in office following the disputed June 12 presidential election that led to deadly street unrest.

The regime blamed supporters of Ahmadinejad's main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi and other defeated candidates for sparking the political turmoil, as well as accusing foreign governments of plotting to destabilise the country.


Agencies
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2009, 16:29
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