Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Iran Puts Detained Scholars Before TV Cameras

New York Times: By NAZILA FATHI

TEHRAN, July 16 — Iran’s state-run television on Monday broadcast the first video of two Iranian-American scholars since they were detained in May on espionage charges.

Haleh Esfandiari, a scholar at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Kian Tajbakhsh, an urban planner with ties to the Open Society Institute financed by George Soros, were shown briefly on the midday news. ...The Iranian authorities have suggested that the two have confessed that in their work in Iran, they were trying to overthrow the government. ...

“I am Haleh Esfandiari, and one of my roles was to identify speakers,” Ms. Esfandiari was heard saying.

“In the name of dialogue, in the name of women’s rights, in the name of democracy,” she was heard saying in another brief segment.

The conclusion follows inevitably from that.
Free Haleh!

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