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    French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial - Yahoo! News
    Saturday's second hearing at Tehran's Revolutionary Court involved a new group of detainees and focused on testimony from the French academic and the two other foreign-linked defendants, demonstrating the government's resolve to taint Iran's pro-reform movement as a tool of foreign countries particularly Britain and the United States.

    The prosecutor accused the two countries of fomenting the unrest in an attempt to engineer a "soft overthrow" of the government.

    The French academic and the two embassy employees took turns standing at a podium in the large, wood-paneled courtroom to make confessions before a judge seated between two large portraits for Iran's supreme leader and the Islamic Republic's founder.

    The French Embassy employee, Nazak Afshar, cried as she admitted she was involved in postelection disturbances. She dabbed her eyes with a tissue and said that "brothers at the Intelligence Ministry made me understand my mistake," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

    Such confessions whether coerced or not have become the centerpiece of Iran's mass trial of more than 100 prominent opposition figures and activists, which began a week ago.

    The defendants are accused of crimes including rioting, spying and plotting to overthrow the regime during the massive street demonstrations denouncing the official results of the June 12 election.

    The prosecutor read out an indictment at Saturday's session that accuses Britain and the U.S. of planning to rouse the unrest with the aim of toppling Iran's Islamic rulers through a "soft overthrow," the IRNA news agency reported. The indictment also accused the two powers of providing financial assistance to Iran's reformists to undermine hard-line ruling clerics.
    Hossein Rassam, a political analyst at the British Embassy who was arrested shortly after the election, told the court that Britain was involved in fomenting the unrest, according IRNA.

    He said a budget of 300,000 pounds or about $500,000 had been allocated to establish contacts with Iranian political groups, influential individuals and activists, IRNA reported.
    Does anyone doubt that these confessions were coerced?

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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    I doubt they were coerced, because I believe the people giving the testimonies are in on the scam.

    I mean, "brothers at the Intelligence Ministry made me understand my mistake," ? Gimme-a-break.
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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I doubt they were coerced, because I believe the people giving the testimonies are in on the scam.

    I mean, "brothers at the Intelligence Ministry made me understand my mistake," ? Gimme-a-break.
    you really have no idea what they do inside those 'hidden' prisons. not everybody is strong, and this is not their fault. I'm yet to blame anything on victims of this puppet show.

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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    NO! NO! NO!
    . . . two embassy employees took turns standing at a podium in the large, wood-paneled courtroom . . ..
    One stands on a podium, one stands at a lectern!

    This comment does not further the conversation in an substantive way, but doesn't let me vent on a pet peeve.
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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    Quote Originally Posted by youknowwho View Post
    you really have no idea what they do inside those 'hidden' prisons. not everybody is strong, and this is not their fault. I'm yet to blame anything on victims of this puppet show.
    It's my belief that the, "victims", are full participants in the puppet show.
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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    No doubts at all. The whole world knows that coercive techniques are used to extract these confessions. What I doubt is that the regime will ever stop deluding themselves long enough to realize that nobody else believes it when their prisoners confess to their ridiculous charges.




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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    You mean Iran could also be waterboarding people?

    Oh my!

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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    Quote Originally Posted by hiswoman View Post
    No doubts at all. The whole world knows that coercive techniques are used to extract these confessions. What I doubt is that the regime will ever stop deluding themselves long enough to realize that nobody else believes it when their prisoners confess to their ridiculous charges.
    The confessions are not for our benefit. They help uphold the legitimacy of the Iranian regime, and the actions it takes in the name of "security", to the Iranian people. If they can point to a legitimate international threat, their measures are much easier to justify.

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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    The confessions are not for our benefit. They help uphold the legitimacy of the Iranian regime, and the actions it takes in the name of "security", to the Iranian people. If they can point to a legitimate international threat, their measures are much easier to justify.
    Ah, so they are doing the exact same thing you guys do...

    Funny how two foes ressemble each other, dontcha think?

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    Re: French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    Power always follows its own rules. And those rules are the same everywhere.

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