Trumped Up Charges In A Kangaroo Court
TEHRAN- The government of Iran began trials today on high profile dissidents who questioned the legitimacy of the presidential election of June 12. Among those charged are former deputy foreign minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, former lawmakers Mohsen Mirdamadi, Behzad Nabavi and Mohsen Safaei-Farahani, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a deputy to the former two-term President Mohammad Khatami and Abdollah Remezanzadeh, a Khatami’s associate.
The dissidents stand accused of such crimes as attacking military centers with weapons and fire bombs, and associating with terrorist groups.
According to a report in presstv.com the charges against the dissidents include:
Ten charges were listed, including attacking military centers with weapons and fire-bombs and attacking security forces; damaging public and private properties, distributing pamphlets against the sacred system of the Islamic Republic; relations with anti-Iranian terrorist groups such as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization (MKO); and preparing reports for the foreign media and the “enemies.”
Because of the seriousness of the charges, these defendants could face execution.
The Minority Report has been on top of the Iranian election story from the start, chronicling the fraudulent vote counts and the spontaneous demonstrations that erupted following. And TMR has pointed out where that seed of freedom arose, and discussed the response of the American government.
And, of course, The Minority Report has covered the story of Neda Agha Soltan, the 27-year-old music student who was at the wrong place and the wrong time and was gunned down by the Iranian government during a demonstration. Neda has become the face of the Iranian dissent.
The trial of such high profile politicians and their associates is a signal that the Iranian government has decided to seriously crack down on dissent, and will be ruthless in its treatment of any opposition..
Originally published at The Minority Report