a cleric, prominent reformist and a former vice president
on trial along with 100 other defendants
Tehran. 1 August 2009. IRNA
( Note that Abtahi is holding a pre-written "confession")
Iran opened trials today for approximately 100 defendants charged with “leading and participating in riots, acting against national security, disturbing public order, damaging public and government property,” and “having relations with anti-revolutionary groups.” Several prominent moderates and pro-reform figures were among the defendants.
The trials, reminiscent of Stalin-era trials for some of the top Soviet leaders, will feature “confessions” of the accused, held more than 40 days in prison under torture.