IRAN: Popular analyst seen smiling at his 'show trial'
Los Angeles Times / Borzou Daragahi
26-Aug-2009 (2 comments)

Inside the courtroom, he wore eyeglasses and a prison uniform as well as an ironic smirk that let all know he was doing OK. Just days before Iran's fateful June 12 presidential election, analyst, economist and writer Saeed Laylaz confided to The Times that he saw dark days ahead.

"I'm worried about the next 10 to 12 days," Laylaz (pictured above, second row, center), a supporter of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, said in an interview in early June. "The government is getting angrier and angrier."

Laylaz proved prophetic. One June 17, days after the disputed election amid the unrest that followed allegations of massive vote-rigging in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's favor, Laylaz was arrested.

Majid Zahrai

Saeed Laylaz's priceless smirk

by Majid Zahrai on

You would know IRI is a gonner when you see them treat their best and their brightest minds like this.  Saeed Laylaz is inarguably one of the brightest economic and political analysts of Iran.  This "trial" has brought nothing but shame and infamy to the captors, setting the captives in a prominent place in Iranian history forever.



Thank you!

by yolanda on

It is a great article! I read LA Times this morning, this is a different article by Borzou. I guess this is the on-line article.