HL Deb 02 May 2000 vol 612 cc148-9WA
Lord Christopher

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are aware of any development in the trial of Jews detained in Iran for espionage. [HL2206]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

We have learned that, despite earlier announcements, the majority were accused of lesser charges, 10 of 13 defendants are being tried for espionage and that the trail is being held in closed session. We continue to press our deep concern at these developments on the Iranian authorities, in consultation with our EU partners, stressing the need for a transparent and fair trial.