29 October 2009
According to the Times Hossein Rassam, a senior employee of the British Embassy in Tehran, has been given a four-year prison sentence after being found guilty of fomenting violence at the behest of the British Government. Rassam, the embassy’s political counsellor, was sentenced in a closed courtroom this week, although the outcome is yet to be publicly announced.
Mr Rassam was arrested on June 27 and accused of “acting against national security (a catch-all term that can be manipulated to fit any alleged act).According to reports on the state organ Fars in July, Rassam’s confessions “cast light on many hidden angles of the interference of Britain in Iran’s internal affairs in recent years”. Apparently he had confessed to controlling a a £300,000 budget that had been allocated to establishing contacts with political groups, including that of Mir Hossein Mousavi. And so on and so forth.
Needless to say Rassam is more likely the victim of Iran’s paranoid “Uncle Napoleonism” (basically if anything goes wrong, blame Britain – an approach that has a firm basis in the past, sadly) than anything approaching the truth. Here’s hoping that Khamenei and Ahmadinejad are on borrowed time