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DATE=7/1/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN TRIAL VERDICT (L) NUMBER=2-263969 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: An Iranian court in the southern city of Shiraz has convicted 10 Iranian Jews of spying for Israel and sentenced them to jail terms ranging from four to 13 years. Three other were acquitted. Two Muslim defendants were acquitted as well, but two others received jail terms on charges of spying. As V-O-A's Laurie Kassman reports from our Middle East Bureau, the verdict has sparked international condemnation. TEXT: A shoe salesman and a university professor, both Iranian Jews, received the longest jail terms -- 13 years each. A young shoe clerk got the shortest sentence, only four years in jail. Three Jews were acquitted. Some of the sentences also included fines and lashings. Eight of the defendants had pleaded guilty, but four maintained their innocence. And, one other said he had passed information to Israeli contacts but did not consider it spying. Israel has denied any of the 13 Jews were agents for Israel. Relatives wept after the verdicts were read out. But one defense lawyer told reporters in Shiraz he was relieved none of the defendants received the death sentence. In 1997 two Jews were hanged on similar charges. Iran expert Bahman Baktiari of the American University in Cairo says international pressure since the start of the trial in April probably influenced a lighter sentence. /// BAKTIARI ACT /// In a way, there have been a lot of signals, and also earlier in the year some of the high officials of the judiciary talked about maybe sometimes in the national interest, certain things inside Iran should not happen. So there was another signal from Iran that they were very much aware of international pressure in this trial. /// END ACT /// Still, Israel has condemned the verdict. So has the U-S ambassador to the United Nations. Human rights groups and western governments had raised concerns from the start over the fairness of the Shiraz trial in an Islamic court without a jury. Iran's Jewish community has been unnerved by the spy trial. Many Iranian Jews now talk of leaving the country. Iran's Jewish community once numbered more than 100- thousand, but has dwindled to about 25-thousand since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Even at that size, it still represents the largest Jewish community outside Israel in the Middle East. (Signed) NEB/LK/DW/JP 01-Jul-2000 09:31 AM EDT (01-Jul-2000 1331 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .