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4/14/03

Iran's Judiciary says no Jewish spies released yet

The Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham has said that none of the Iranian Jews who have been arrested on espionage charges have been released yet, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Persian-language newspaper `Afarinesh' quoted Elham on Monday as saying that a prisoner will be released before his term is over only if the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardons him.

He recalled Ayatollah Khamenei's amnesty that was granted to a group of prisoners in February, stressing that those who are charged with acting against the national security were not entitled to that amnesty.

"The Iranian Jews who have been charged with espionage are considered to have acted against Iran's national security, and have not been released because they were not entitled to that amnesty," Afarinesh quoted Elham as saying.

In July, 2000, a revolutionary court in Shiraz sentenced 10 Iranian Jews to four to 13 years in jail for spying for the Israeli regime. Three other Jews were acquitted.

It also jailed two Muslims while acquitting two others.

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