Iran court warns against criticizing proceedings
Los Angeles Times / Borzou Daragahi
02-Aug-2009 (one comment)

The threat comes after a round of condemnation over the televised court hearing of those accused in postelection unrest. The proceedings were labeled a 'sham' by opposition figure Mir-Hossein Mousavi.Reporting from Beirut -- Tehran's hard-line Revolutionary Court warned Sunday that those criticizing its ongoing proceedings against postelection protesters could face jail time themselves.

The threat came after a chorus of reformists and even some political conservatives labeled as a sham the televised court hearing Saturday of about 100 defendants arrested in the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential election in which incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner.

Iran's main opposition figure and presidential candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, two former presidents and a former commander of the Revolutionary Guard voiced strong criticism of the proceedings, in which prominent moderate politicians and others stand accused of conspiring with the West to foment weeks of unrest across Iran.

Mousavi said their confessions "showed signs of medieval torture" and he termed the trial a "sham" meant to distract attention from allegations of vote-rigging that continue to dog Ahmadinejad as his Wednesday inauguration to a second term nears. Mousavi and many other prominent Iranian figures have vowed to skip the swearing-in ceremony.

Mousavi predicted the confessions would backfire."Our people show sympathy... >>>

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A shameless show all around.  People were right to see through the sham elections and protest.  If they give up now, this will be the Iran that awaits everyone after the coup.