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    Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    May 26, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran -- The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months got underway Tuesday in a court used to hear security cases. Iran's official IRNA news agency said the trial of Jason Rezaian began in a Revolutionary Court, saying he had been charged with espionage and propaganda against the Islamic republic.

    Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron told CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the charges against Rezaian are "completely preposterous," and he fears the trial will not be fair. "He was put into solitary confinement for many months, under very harsh conditions in the worst prison in Iran," Baron told CBS News. "He's only been able to meet with his lawyer for an hour and a half." "While we still retain hope, we don't have a lot of confidence," Baron added.

    Rezaian's mother Mary traveled to Tehran in the hope of being by her son's side for the trial, but the head of the Revolutionary Court -- a hardliner known within the country as the "judge of death" -- barred any members of the public from attending the proceedings. Ali Rezaian told CBS News that Rezaian's mother and wife, Salehi, went to the court and waited all day Tuesday, but were not allowed into the session.
    Closed trial. No family or independent transparency allowed. Couldn't be due to any lack of credible evidence could it?


    Note: The trial judge - Abolghassem Salavati - has been linked to the Iranian intelligence apparatus and is well known for miscarriages of justice.

    "This group is among the most notorious judges in Iran," said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, an Iranian human rights activist in Norway. "They are known for their politicized verdicts, unfair trials [and] sentencing prisoners based on confessions made under duress."
    Six judges accused of leading role in Iranian crackdown on free speech

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Perhaps you should educate yourself to the practice here at home. A good essay here:

    A time of terror may not be the ideal moment to trifle with the most time-tested postulates of government under law. It is certainly not a good time to dispense lightly with bedrock principles of our constitutional system. Central among those principles is that great power must be held in check and that the body that defines what conduct to outlaw, the body that prosecutes violators, and the body that adjudicates guilt and dispenses punishment should be three distinct entities. To fuse those three functions under one man’s ultimate rule, and to administer the resulting simulacrum of justice in a system of tribunals created by that very same authority, is to mock the very notion of constitutionalism and to make light of any
    1 aspiration to live by the rule of law.


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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Trial? Try "Kangaroo court".

    And has Obama been trying to free this man? Probably not...just like he hasn't given one **** about the American Pastor the Iranians have detained and abused for years.

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    "It's Obama's fault"... on the third post.

    that didn't take very long.
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    The Supreme Court can't interpret The Constitution. They don't have that power.

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Perhaps you should educate yourself to the practice here at home.
    As always, when you can't defend your beloved Iran, you attempt to divert the topic. It's your favorite MO/SOP.

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Evidence in Post reporter’s case is an Obama administration job application

    It turns out that Iran has charged US journalist Jason Rezaian with being a spy because Mr. Rezaian filled out an online application in 2008 seeking a job with the new Obama administration. He was never hired and continued working as a freelance journalist in Tehran. He was hired by the Washington Post in 2012 as the newspaper’s full-time Tehran correspondent. Another piece of state "evidence" was a visa application for his Iranian wife to go to the U.S.


    Another individual currently "on trial" in Iran...

    Iranian artist could draw lengthy prison term for cartoons ridiculing parliament


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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    As always, when you can't defend your beloved Iran, you attempt to divert the topic. It's your favorite MO/SOP.
    Closed door trials are common place is the point. Your posting a criticism of Iran doing this, that's fine. Do you post your complaints when the US does so, hmm?
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Closed door trials are common place is the point. Your posting a criticism of Iran doing this, that's fine. Do you post your complaints when the US does so, hmm?
    Once again, I refer back to Post 5...

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    As always, when you can't defend your beloved Iran, you attempt to divert the topic. It's your favorite MO/SOP.

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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Once again, I refer back to Post 5...
    SOP circle jerk.
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    Re: Iran puts U.S. reporter on trial behind closed doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    SOP circle jerk.
    Yes, you just can't break your MO...

    Iran looks bad --> change the subject.

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