BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Persian Pashto Turkish French
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Middle East  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 17:57 GMT
Iran reformists condemn pollsters' trial
The main Iranian reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, has dismissed as theatre the trial which opened this week of three opinion pollsters who carried out surveys of Iranian attitudes to the United States.

The Participation Front condemned the conservative court's indictment as a declaration against all free and independent researchers.

The trio were arrested and charged by the hardline judiciary after reporting that 70% of those surveyed were in favour of Iran restoring relations with the United States.

The pollsters are accused of gathering and selling information to foreign powers.

Abbas Abdi, a leading figure in Iran's reformist movement and advocate of dialogue with the US, is amongst the defendants.

The BBC Teheran correspondent says Mr Abdi's arrest stirred deep anger among his fellow reformists.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Links to more Middle East stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Middle East stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes