Iran accuses Germany of 'interference'

4th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday called for the immediate release of "political prisoners" in Iran, expressing serious concern about the trial of 100 people accused of stoking unrest after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Tehran -- Iran on Monday condemned German "interference" in its affairs following a call by Berlin for the release of hundreds of Iranians rounded up during massive demonstrations after June elections.

Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday called for the immediate release of "political prisoners" in Iran, expressing serious concern about the trial of 100 people accused of stoking unrest after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Steinmeier said Berlin had reason to believe the people being brought before a revolutionary court in Tehran would not have a "transparent or fair trial."

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi late Monday denounced the German foreign minister's comments, according to the official IRNA news agency.

"Steinmeier's request for immediate release of leaders and elements of recent Tehran riots who caused insecurity and damage ... is an obvious example of the interference of a foreign official in the trial procedure of ... an independent country," Ghashghavi said.

He also rejected as baseless Steinmeier’s remarks about the unfairness and lack of transparency of the trial.

Those put on trial on Saturday include prominent reformists and opposition figures. They are charged rioting, disturbing public order, vandalism, and of plotting to launch a "velvet revolution."

AFP/Expatica

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