The mass trial is underway in Teheran of about 100 leading Iranian reformists. They stand accused of organizing widespread protests after the controversial presidential election in June and of trying to topple the clerical government.
Iran’s moderate former president Mohammad Khatami has rejected the trial of the reformists. He calls it a show. His website quotes him as saying Iranians’ rights have been violated at the election through vote rigging. The Iranian government accuses Western countries of encouraging and supporting the protestors. This has been rejected by the West and by Khatami. He insists the protests since the disputed election were not linked to foreigners. Rights groups in Iran say hundreds of people, including senior pro-reform politicians, lawyers and journalists have been imprisoned since the election. The indictment accuses them of organizing, planning and leading the illegal gatherings and riots. The main pro-reform party “Participation Front” set up by Khatami, calls the indictment weak, politically motivated and illegal.