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UK sailors said faced seven years in jail
LONDON (Reuters) - The 15 British sailors held by Iran were kept blindfolded, bound and in isolation by their captors who threatened them with seven years in jail, they told a news conference on Friday.
"From the outset it was very apparent that fighting back was not an option," Captain Chris Air told reporters.
"We were blindfolded at all times and kept in isolation from each other," Lieutenant Felix Carman said
HOSTAGES TELL OF ILL TREATMENT
THE British Navy hostages captured by Iran were blindfolded and threatened with jail, they revealed at a press conference today.
They also said they were held in isolation and that Faye Turney – the only woman – was told the rest of the group had returned to Britain.
British officer defends crews' conduct in Iran
Iran said the crew entered Iranian waters. Britain insisted they were in Iraqi waters working under a UN mandate. A similar incident took place in 2004 when ...
Propaganda we just can't ignore
On Wednesday, as a smirking Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the release of 15 British sailors and marines, as a "gift" to the British people, we were reminded that wartime propaganda is as old as war itself.
Everyone knows that, of course; as long as there are men willing to wage wars, there will be men willing to lie about it all. But it was a challenge, just the same, not to feel actual outrage in the past few days, as Iran's foul regime paraded 15 captive Royal Navy personnel across the front pages of the world's newspapers. And, anger notwithstanding, we in the media generally did what Tehran required of us: We showed the pictures. We ran the footage. Did it all, once again, when Ahmadinejad cynically announced his "gift."
Iran's objective, as with all wartime propaganda, was twofold. One, unite their own people against a common foe. Two, destroy the morale of enemy troops. The propaganda effort was successful -- at least within Iran.
Originally posted by absente
We will never know the truth, but one thing i for certain: The 15 soldiers were carefully debriefed after they land in the UK - So the story you've been told now by Reuters, AP etc can be just disinformation.
Iran say there nuclear ambitions are for Energy means... yea right!