Former ministers face mass trial in Iran


The fourth mass trial of those accused of planning and involvement in the riots following Iran’s disputed election has opened in Tehran.

Among those in the dock is Saeed Hajjarian the former deputy intelligence minister turned prominent member of the reform movement.

Prosecutors have called for him to be handed the “maximum punishment”, in this case death.

Hajjarian, disabled after an assassination attempt in 2000, is one of the many former officials who held positions in the previous government of President Mohammad Khatami to stand trial.

Khatami backed moderate leader Mirhossein Mousavi in the election won by President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Critics of Iran’s June election and subsequent trials believe Ahmadinejad wants to crush the moderate opposition

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s