Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal, on trail in Iran's

Revolutionary Court, Feb. 6. Iran calls them spies.

 

 

The Nation, Pakistan

Iran 'Sets Example' By Prosecuting Americans

 

"This strong stand - opening a trial of U.S. nationals - should a clear message to Pakistan's judiciary. Raymond Davis, accused of killing two Pakistanis in cold blood, is likely to be tried in court once police complete their investigation."

 

EDITORIAL

 

February 8, 2011

 

Pakistan - The Nation - Original Article (English)

Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans arrested by Iran for spying near the Iraqi border, was released on $500,000 bail after over a year in prison. Her failure to appear in court for the launch of trial means she has forfeited that bail.

 

NTDTV NEWS: Iranian state TV shows footage of two U.S. hikers on the first day of their closed-door trial, Feb. 7, 00:02:08.RealVideo

An Iranian court has begun the trial of three American nationals on charges of spying. Two of the accused, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, are in Tehran's Evin Prison. The third, Sarah Shourd, was released on bail and left for the United States some time ago.

 

Now, despite repeated requests, she has refused to return to join the proceedings. Behind closed doors, the trial in the Revolutionary Court is in progress, and the issue before it is that the three Americans, while spying against Iran, were arrested in areas close to the Iraqi boarder. Iran's judicial system has withstood every kind of diplomatic pressure to release them, but so far, to no avail. The court has also refused to entertain Iranian President Ahmadinejad's plea for leniency to be shown to the accused.

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In this way, the Revolutionary Court is showing how an independent judiciary should react to domestic and foreign pressure. Iran's president proposed to Washington that it review all cases against Iranians who languish in American prisons on flimsy charges and with no substantial evidence. He has also indicated that the release of these Iranian detainees could act as a bargaining chip if the U.S. government sincerely wants to see the release of these American nationals.

 

 

This strong stand - opening a trial of U.S. nationals - should a clear message to Pakistan's judiciary. Raymond Davis, accused of killing two Pakistanis in cold blood, is likely to be tried in court once police complete their investigation. And this is taking place against the backdrop of tremendous U.S. pressure which intends to see him released due to the diplomatic immunity available to him under the 1961 Vienna Convention. One wonders how such a demand can be justified, when the visa in his passport indicates no such status.

 

On the other hand, Raymond Davis is reported to have been declared persona non grata twice while posted in the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar. Davis is guilty of a heinous crime and should be shown no mercy.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US February 8, 8:09pm]

 

 

 

 







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