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Photos: Fifth Trial of Iranian Vote Protesters

Report by Radio Zamaneh; photos by ISNA

The fifth trial of election protesters resumed today in Tehran as six more defendants were charged with "publishing false reports and provoking public minds" through cyberspace and the internet.

According to Central news agency today's session was attended by the six defendants and their lawyers. The media was directed not to reveal the full names of the accused. The defendants were also directed not to name any absentees in their testimonies.

The indictment as read by the deputy prosecutor, focused on the abuse of Facebook and You Tube by the US in order to "weaken the system's national and international position."

Abdollah Momeni, referred to as A. M. in the reports, was charged with "propaganda against the regime, agitation of public minds, and conspiracy against national security." Mr. Momeni was said to have confessed to "political deviation" in the student organization, the Unity Consolidation Bureau, and to saying "the election is an excuse to destroy and riot against the regime."

Another defendant, a mechanical engineer from Tehran University, allegedly confessed to "sending 30,000 emails to organize illegal gatherings and disturbances."

A. M. speaking in court today, claimed members of the student group Unity Consolidation Bureau, had attended workshops in Germany under the title of "training for subversion and velvet revolution." He went on to incriminate himself in conspiracy to overthrow the government and recanting his mistakes, he claimed that he had no defense for his actions.

The process of confession, recantation and self-incrimination which has become a hallmark of all the trials of government dissidents in the Islamic Republic, has been condemned by opposition and human rights groups as signs of torture and coercion.

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