posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 02:44 PM
In a move that may be seen as an attempt to cover up the possibility that Iran is a safe haven for members of Al Qaeda
and other terrorist groups a "special judge" has tried several members of Al Qaeda. It is uncertain what the verdict is at this time.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has tried a number of arrested al Qaeda members and verdicts have been issued, a senior judiciary official was
quoted as saying on Monday.
Tehran Justice Department head Abbasali Alizadeh told the semi-official Fars news agency Iran's "high-ranking officials are satisfied with the
issued verdicts," but did not elaborate on what the verdicts had been.
News of the trials is likely to anger Washington, which has repeatedly called on Iran to hand over all al Qaeda suspects it is holding. Guilty
verdicts sentencing them to long jail terms would make that an even more distant prospect.
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While the verdicts have yet to be released, the fact that Iran had actually tried several members of Al Qaeda is pretty impressive. Although there
has been no disclosure of the names of persons held, there have been reports that one of Osama Bin Ladins sons is being held in Iran.
[edit on 6-12-2004 by Skibum]