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01 July 2000

Text: Albright Statement on the Trial of Iranian Jews

(Albright Criticizes The Trial Of Iranian Jews) (260)

The following is the text of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's
statement on the trial of 10 Iranian Jews.



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US DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICE of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release  July 1, 2000

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT ON IRAN TRIAL

I am deeply concerned by the convictions of 10 Iranian Jews today, in
a trial process that international human rights groups, the United
States and many other nations around the world have recognized as
seriously flawed. I share the deep disappointment of the families of
the defendants. The defendants were imprisoned for over a year without
a trial, were denied access to counsel of their choice, and were tried
in secret proceedings. Trial procedures in Iran's revolutionary courts
shave been criticized both in Iran and around the world. The annual
reports of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees' Special
Rapporteur and the State Department's Human Rights Report have made
this clear.

These Iranian Jews are only the latest victim of such proceedings,
which have included intellectual, journalists, members of the Bah'ai
minority, Muslim clerics and others. We call on Iranian authorities to
make available immediately a means to remedy these shortcomings and to
carefully review other cases in which such illegitimate procedures
have resulted in unjust imprisonment. In addition, we call on the
international community to join our call for a clear and unambiguous
condemnation of this verdict.



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