IRAN: Three Years in Solitary

After 35 days of stormy hearings, the treason trial of former Premier Mohammed Mossadegh came to a surprising end. The court clerk read out the verdict of guilty on each of 13 charges, constituting a revolt against the constitution and the monarchy, and then concluded: "In view of the fact that the accused has no criminal record and is in old age and . . . has rendered valuable services to the Fatherland which have been endorsed by His Majesty . . . His Imperial Majesty has deigned to absolve him. The court deems it proper to observe mitigations in...

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