Iranian British Embassy Staff Arrested for Inciting Protests, to Stand Trial

July 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—As the conservative government of Iran headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seeks to end three weeks of bloody election fraud protests and reclaim legitimacy with the help of his religious cleric supporters, the latest government action is the arrest of “outside agitators,” such as Iranian nationals working for the British embassy.

Head of the powerful Guardian Council, ultra-conservative Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, just announced that the remaining British embassy staff in custody are to stand trial for their crimes of inciting the anti-government protests.

Ayatollah Jannati is a top confidant of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and has frequently denounced the West as arrogant. “No matter how many stones they throw in our path, they cannot prevent the spread of the Islamic revolution in the world,” said Jannati referring to Western powers.

Jannati just ratified the election of Ahmadinejad on Monday and has now added some strong actions to match Iran’s harsh rhetoric against England in recent weeks, blaming Britain for instigating the mass protests against the election results.

Iran rounded up seven of nine local British embassy staff members, but has since released all but two. The remaining two staff members in custody are to be tried for instigating the riots and protests against Ahmadinejad’s election.

“In these incidents, [the British] embassy had a presence, some people were arrested. Naturally they will be put on trial, they have made confessions,” said Jannati.

Britain is denying its embassy staff took part in any demonstrations, saying the claims are baseless. “We are concerned about these reports and we are seeking clarification on this as a matter of urgency,” said a spokesman for Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The EU nations refused to join in a British proposal to recall all diplomatic envoys from Iran, but did agree to a strongly worded letter threatening Iran with visa restrictions.

The arrests and threatened trials of British staff members are part of a desperate effort by the Iranian government to blame the protests on foreign governments, instead of a mass revolt from its own citizens decrying the election results and demanding greater freedoms from the oppressive government.

Additional arrests were made yesterday of seven Iranian exiles the government also claims were provocateurs of election demonstrations.



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