Ex-Iran president attacks trial

On Mr Khatami's website he expressed hope that Saturday's trial would not "lead to ignorance of the real crimes", the Associated Press reports.

"What was done yesterday is against the constitution, regular laws and rights of the citizens," his office quoted him as saying.

"The most important problem with the trial procedure is that it was not held in an open session. The lawyers and the defendants were not informed of the contents of the cases ahead of the trial."

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