Detention of 13 Iranian Jews

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Admin (Admin)

Saturday, April 08, 2000 - 10:31 pm Click here to edit this post
Do you have something to say about the detention of the 13 Jewsi in Iran? Please say it here.

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Springy (Springboard)

Friday, April 14, 2000 - 12:50 pm Click here to edit this post
Does any one have an update of what's going on with them? I heard they had a trial?

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ephraim lawi (Ephl)

Saturday, April 15, 2000 - 09:55 pm Click here to edit this post
The family of Eli Cohen want everyone to send a petition. You can add your name here: elicohen.com/petition

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Yehudit Barsky (Yehudit)

Monday, April 24, 2000 - 11:45 am Click here to edit this post
Shalom -

If you would like to receive a backgrounder from the American Jewish Committee on the Iranian Jews, please send me an e-mail.

The following is a statement from the Coalition of Iranian Jewish Organizations Abroad, which represents the families of the 13.

Moadim L'simcha.

Yehudit Barsky

barskyy@ajc.org

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April 12, 2000, Wednesday

SECTION: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

DISTRIBUTION: TO NATIONAL AND FOREIGN EDITORS

LENGTH: 617 words

HEADLINE: Statement of the Coalition of Iranian Jewish Organizations Abroad

DATELINE: LOS ANGELES, April 12

BODY:
The Coalition of Iranian Jewish Organizations Abroad (CIJOA), representing the Iranian Jewish communities of the United States and Europe, deplores the recent developments in the case of the Jewish prisoners held in Iran on the baseless charges of spying for Israel and the United States, and once again requests the Government of Iran to accord these prisoners their basic human rights.

1. Notwithstanding the efforts by the Central Jewish Committee of Tehran and Shiraz to appoint independent lawyers for the accused, and promises made by the Government of Iran with respect to a fair trial, the accused were not given the chance to appoint counsels of their choice.

2. The court appointed four lawyers to defend the accused, two of whom are former judges of the revolutionary court. None were known to the community or entrusted by it to carryout the defense.

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Yehudit Barsky (Yehudit)

Monday, April 24, 2000 - 11:48 am Click here to edit this post
Statement from Coalition of Iranian Jews

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3. On Saturday, April 8, the spokesperson of Iran's judiciary announced that on the previous day the prosecuting judge had paid an extra-judicial visit to the prisoners, without the presence of lawyers. The pretext of the visit was to "congratulate them for Passover," two weeks before Passover begins.

The result of this meeting was that the prisoners "agreed" en-mass to the appointment of the court appointed lawyers as "attorneys of their choice." This flies in the face of all internationally accepted legal procedures.

4. Except for 5 minute supervised visits with their families each week, for over 13 months the prisoners have been deprived of contact with the outside world. They have not had a single consultation with any independent outside parties including their court appointed lawyers. It is therefore not surprising that given the conditions they are in, they would submit to pressures from the authorities.

5. Confirmation of the appointment of the lawyers was only issued earlier this week, nonetheless, in an interview with Iran's official news agency, Mr. Nasseri, the lead "defense" attorney appointed by the court confirmed last night, i.e. twenty four hours after his appointment that he has reviewed the files and commented that:

"The admissions by the accused Jews as reflected in their files along with other facts therein was evidence of their engagement in espionage activities in Iran."

If this is the position that the "defense" team is taking, we shudder at the thought of what the prosecution may have in mind. Mr. Nasseri has since retracted this statement.
IAJO, which has been following this case since the day that the 13 Jews were arrested, firmly believes that the above shocking and unprofessional statement and its manipulation by Iran's official press agency is yet another clear indication of how the Government of Iran intends to carry out this pre-determined and orchestrated show trial.

We request that the international community, human rights organizations, all Jewish organizations, and justice loving people of the world condemn this process as a sham and an affront to due process.

We call upon the United Nations and all member states to take all necessary actions to protect the rights of minorities in Iran.

Finally, we call upon the noble people of Iran to

stand by their Jewish brothers in these difficult times as they have done since the liberation of the Jews by Cyrus the Great.

SOURCE Coalition of Iranian Jewish Organizations Abroad

CONTACT: London: Hamid Sabi, (44207) 414-0069, New York: Raymond Iryami, 516-829-6900, or Los Angeles: Sam Kermanian, 310-277-5263, all for the Coalition of Iranian Jewish Organizations Abroad.

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ephraim lawi (Ephl)

Sunday, May 14, 2000 - 01:30 am Click here to edit this post
Does anyone have an update. Not hearing much about it at the moment.

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Peace (Teen)

Monday, August 05, 2002 - 02:37 pm Click here to edit this post
Does anyone know what happened with these innocent people???????????????????????????????????


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