Sunday, August 02, 2009

Iran Elections: Khatami hits out at Iran protesters' trial

SBS World News reports former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, a key opposition supporter, denounced on Sunday the trial of around 100 people accused of rioting after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"As per my information, what was done yesterday is against the constitution, regular laws and rights of the citizens," his office quoted him as telling a group of political activists and lawmakers.

He said the court had relied on "confessions taken under certain circumstances which are not valid".

"The most important problem with the trial procedure is that it was not held in an open session. The lawyers and the defendants were not informed of the contents of the cases ahead of the trial."
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