To: National Desk, Political Reporter
Contact: Douglas Hattaway or Chris Lehane, 615-340-3251,
both of Gore 2000;
Web site: http://www.algore2000.com
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON, July 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The verdicts announced today in
Iran in the case of 13 Iranian Jews are the result of a flawed legal
process. These 13 members of the Iranian Jewish community were tried and
sentenced without the benefit of internationally recognized due process.
The defendants were imprisoned for over a year without charge, were
denied access to counsel of their choice, and were tried in secret
proceedings. Trial procedures in Iran's revolutionary courts have been
criticized both in Iran and around the world. These Iranian Jews are the
latest victims of such proceedings, which have included intellectuals,
journalists, members of the Bahai minority, and others.
I call on the Iranian authorities to rectify these unfair verdicts. I
further urge the international community and human rights organizations
to repudiate these verdicts and join me in working to ensure that the
accused receive justice.
/U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
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