Iran: U.K. Employees Will be Tried


Some of the British embassy employees, who were arrested June 27 for helping to instigate the reelection protests, will be put on trial a top Iranian cleric said Friday, reported CNN.

Iranian officials said that only one of the nine embassy employees that they had originally arrested was still in custody; however, Britain’s Foreign Office told CNN that two of the employees were still being held.

The Guardian News reported that Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a prominent cleric, said that the employees that were apprehended “made confessions” that associated them with the unrest in the country.

Jannati said during a prayer sermon that the employees would “inevitably…be put on trial,” reported the Guardian News. The Guardian also reiterated that the cleric is not a government official, making the claim unofficial.

Bloomberg reported that the Iranian state-run Press TV said that U.K. Embassy employees were sent to rallies and encouraged protesters.

Bloomberg also reported that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei referred to Britain as the “most treacherous” of Western nations and that Iran has ignored sanctions pertaining to its nuclear program from the United Nations.

The U.S. and many of its allies claim that Iran’s nuclear program will be used to develop weapons, though Iran maintains that the program is strictly for generating electricity, reported Bloomberg.

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website the U.S. “regulates the operation of over 100 commercial nuclear power reactors that generate electricity” and “about 36 research and test reactors located primarily at universities….”

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