In Iran, the third mass trial is underway of people accused of stoking unrest after the presidential election. The vote in June plunged the Islamic state into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed deep divisions within its ruling elite. More than twenty people are facing various charges, including acting against national security which is punishable by death under the country’s Islamic law.
Iran has previously held two mass hearings for more than 100 moderates, including senior politicians. French teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss and two Iranians working for the British and French embassies in Tehran were among those previously tried. France has offered to pay her bail to secure her release but Reiss remains in jail awaiting the court’s verdict.