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DATE=5/10/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN / JEWS / TRIAL (L-O UPDATE) NUMBER=2-262188 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The latest session of the trial of 13 Jews accused of spying in Iran concluded with another confession of guilt. But one defendant has pleaded innocent to charges of spying for Israel. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports his denial is the first innocent plea since the spy trial began last month. TEXT: Two brothers, Faramarz and Farzad Kashi, appeared before a Revolutionary Court judge in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz. Both brothers are religion teachers in their 30's. Faramarz Kashi reportedly confessed to being a member of an alleged Israeli spy ring. With his confession, a total of six defendants in the case have admitted to the state's spying charges. But Farzad Kashi told the court he was innocent. According to his lawyer, Farzad Kashi said he had done no wrong. Therefore, Mr. Kashi reportedly added, there was nothing to admit. Mr. Kashi's testimony offers the first variation to a string of guilty confessions in the court - and in public - by the Jewish defendants. Two of the Jews admitted to spying charges on Iranian television. Others described their confessions to reporters outside the courtroom. Several said they had not been coerced into confessing. Six more Jews involved in the case must still appear before the Revolutionary Court, which has adjourned until Monday. It is not clear how they will plead. In addition, nine Muslims have also been charged with involvement in the alleged spy ring. The spy trial has raised international concern on the part of governments, Jewish organizations, and human rights groups. Critics say the closed-door proceedings may be biased. Groups also fear those found guilty may receive harsh sentences, including the death penalty. Iranian officials insist the trial will fair. The trial has also sparked fears among Iran's 30- thousand Jews. A lawyer for the Jews on trial, Ismail Nasseri, said some members of the Shiraz Jewish community are afraid to go to work or to school. Mr. Nasseri said they worry about being ridiculed, or simply do not want to attract attention. /// OPT /// Other Iranian Jews have asked photographers not to take their pictures. A recent photo displayed in a foreign newspaper, shows Jews at a synagogue in Iran burying their heads inside their holy books, so their faces cannot be seen. Iran's Jewish community is among the world's oldest. Before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, there were an estimated 80-thousand Jews in Iran, including eight-thousand in Shiraz. After the revolution, thousands emigrated to Israel, the United States, and to Europe. /// END OPT /// Anti-Semitism exists in Iran, but there is also a Jewish representative in parliament. Jews also have been able to practice their faith. The most common accusation many of Iran's Jews face is that of maintaining contacts with so-called Zionists and the Zionist state -- Iran's term for Israel. (SIGNED) NEB/LB/GE/RAE 10-May-2000 11:00 AM EDT (10-May-2000 1500 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .