Iran begins kangaroo court ‘show trial’ to punish those who dared criticize government

August 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A mass trial has begun to punish activists who challenged hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during June’s presidential election, and are now accused of taking part in trying to stage a revolution. See democracy really does work in Iran after all (okay not so much). The Ahmadinejad – Khamenei regime has repeatedly accused activists who objected to the elections of trying to topple the government with a revolution backed by the West. Former government ministers who had allegedly supported ordinary Iranians who choose to protest what they thought was a ‘rigged’ election are among the 100 or so mostly senior figures put on trial in a revolutionary court on Saturday. But like any ‘fair’ trial the detainees have been held for weeks in solitary confinement without access to legal counsel or their families, until confessions could be obtained.  Of course this could never happen in a truly free country that upholds due process.  Guantánamo Bay you say?
Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami who has been amazingly outspoken about the aftermath of the election, has now vehemently condemned the so called confessions extracted from his political allies as part of what he described as a “show trial.” The trial opening aired on television but barred independent journalists from the kangaroo courtroom in Tehran. The accused faced charges including rioting, vandalism and “acting against national security”, which could lead to long prison sentences. They could even face the death penalty if convicted of being “Mohareb”, an enemy of God.  Iran’s more extreme puppet newspapers, have called on authorities to put both Khatami and Ahmadinejad’s challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi on trial on charges of acting against God.  That will show them who’s boss!


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