Iran begins trial of 100 post-election protesters Ximena Marinero at 10:52 AM ET
[JURIST] Iran began the trial of 100 detained protesters from the post-election turmoil [JURIST news archive] Saturday as former Iranian president Mohammad Ali Khatami [RealiteEU profile] decried [statement, in Persian] the proceedings as a "show trial." Khatami said that the proceedings are against the Iranian constitution and laws and challenged the validity of confessions obtained under stressed circumstances. Khatami also criticized the court for giving no advance notice to the accused of their charges and warned that this display would undermine public confidence in the Iranian government. Former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mosavi [IranTracker profile; JURIST news archive] denounced the proceedings in a statement [text, in Persian] on his website as a clumsy display in preparation for Ahmadinejad's new term that uses confessions coerced through medieval methods through which the government expects to prove that there was no fraud in the elections.
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