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15 Dissidents Go on Trial Behind Closed Doors

January 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The trial of 15 Iranian dissidents charged with plotting to overthrow the Islamic establishment began behind closed doors at the hard-line Revolutionary Court in Tehran.

Outside the courthouse, about 20 family members of the defendants staged a sit-in in below-freezing temperatures to protest the closing.

One defense lawyer said he was barred, and another said he had resigned to protest court procedures.

The defendants are mainly writers, journalists and university professors from the liberal National Religious Alliance. If convicted, they could face long prison terms.

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