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DATE=7/10/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN JEWS-DEMONSTRATION (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-264272 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Several hundred people rallied outside United Nations headquarters today (Monday) in support of the 10 Iranian Jews recently convicted of spying for Israel. VOA Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: American ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke told the crowd the United States believes both the process and the outcome of the trial in Iran were unacceptable. ///HOLBROOKE ACT/// This was a "star chamber" proceeding (unfair trial) not in accordance with international norms. International observers were denied access most of the time and we hope, we implore, we demand, that there be a re-examination and re- opening of this process. ///END ACT/// On July first, 10 Iranian Jews were sentenced to prison terms ranging from four to 13 years after being convicted of spying for Israel. Israel has denied the 10 men were spies and much western criticism has focused on the trial procedure in which the Iranian judge also acted as prosecutor. Iran has accused foreign critics of the verdicts of unacceptable interference in its internal affairs. Congressman Rick Lazio, the Republican party candidate for U-S Senate in New York, told the rally the trial in Iran was a "stain" on international justice. /// LAZIO ACT /// We in America take great pride in our judicial system which includes the right to a trial by jury, the right to have representation that we ask for, the right to a public forum and a jury of our peers. All those rights were violated by the Iranian revolutionary court. /// END ACT /// Last week, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Mr. Lazio's opponent in the Senate race, attended a meeting with President Clinton and Jewish leaders to discuss ways of convincing Iran to release the 10 Jews. It is very unlikely the issue will be formally raised at the United Nations because the administration of justice is generally regarded as a sovereign matter. However, U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan did issue a statement noting that there is an appeals process in Iran and expressing hope that the appeals will be heard "in accordance with the Islamic traditions of compassion and mercy."(Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/AMAHL/PW 10-Jul-2000 14:37 PM EDT (10-Jul-2000 1837 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .