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DATE=7/2/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN-JEWS REACT (L-O) NUMBER=2-263994 BYLINE=LARRY FREUND DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: American Jewish leaders are reacting angrily to the conviction and sentencing of 10 Jews in Iran for spying for Israel. Correspondent Larry Freund reports from New York. TEXT: The coordinating organization for American Jewish groups says it is outraged at what it calls the injustice of the verdicts announced in Iran Saturday. A court in Shiraz sentenced 10 of the 13 Jewish defendants in the month-long trial to prison terms of up to 13 years. Two Muslims accused of being accomplices were given two-year sentences while three Jewish defendants and two Muslims were acquitted. President Clinton said he was deeply disturbed by the verdicts. At a news conference on the street near Iran's mission to the United Nations, the executive vice president of the Jewish leadership group, Malcolm Hoenlein, said it was Iran that was found guilty of, what he termed - gross violations of human rights and rejecting the rule of law. Mr. Hoenlein said the verdicts put the lie to what he described as the mythology of moderation in Iran. /// HOENLEIN ACT /// Iran, we declare to you today that the world is watching. You have seen the statements of world leaders. They have declared that future relations with Iran will be dependent upon the outcome of this trial. And we assure you we will re-double our efforts and pursue every avenue to help bring an end to this injustice. /// END ACT /// Several members of the U-S congress appeared at the news conference, including Congressman Anthony Weiner, who said they were introducing legislation to prevent the relaxation of economic measures against Iran. /// WEINER ACT /// If there is one last chance for Iran in terms of its moderation, in terms of its relations with this country, it is that the appeals court, to show that it is not a sham like the lower court was, to allow these Shiraz 10, now, to go free. /// END ACT /// Iran has accused foreign critics of the verdicts of unacceptable interference in its internal affairs. (SIGNED) NEB/NY/LSF/RAE 2 1 02-Jul-2000 13:07 PM EDT (02-Jul-2000 1707 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .