“The Iranian government is called on to release the political prisoners and respect international standards, to which it has agreed, for the protection of civil and political rights of its citizens,” Steinmeier said.
A trial for more than 100 people arrested for their involvement in post-election demonstrations in Iran started this weekend. Tehran has charged them with rioting, vandalism, compromising national security and conspiracy against the government, according to Iran’s state media. The defendants include prominent opposition figures, including former Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, as well as former ministers and a former government spokesman.
The Iranian opposition has blasted what it calls a “show trial,” and Steinmeier is one of the first European leaders to speak out against the proceedings.Iran still needs to come to terms with its disputed June … >>>