Statement by the Press Secretary: Iranian Jews (9/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Detroit, Michigan)

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2000


     The President is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Iranian
Court of appeals in the case of the 10 Jewish Iranians imprisoned on
unproven charges of espionage.  These proceedings are inconsistent with the
rule of law.

     The original judicial proceedings were condemned by numerous
governments and international organizations for failing to meet any
recognized standards of due process.  The judgments of such proceedings
should have been overturned entirely by the court of appeals.

     We remain determined to see these men receive justice.  We call upon
Iran's Supreme Leader to uphold his commitment to justice, and commute
these sentences.  We call upon the international community to continue to
impress upon the Government of Iran the importance which it attaches to
this matter.


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