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Iran Says It Has Spying Evidence

September 12, 1999

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Iran has strong evidence that 13 Jews arrested in March are spies, a senior judge said in comments published Sunday.

Iran has come under international pressure to release the 13, who include a rabbi and several educators, who were arrested in March as spies for Israel and the United States.

But Gholamhossein Rahbarpour, head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Courts, insisted, ``It is certain that these individuals were spies. There is no doubt about this.″

``The court has enough strong evidence and documents in this regard,″ Rahbarpour was quoted as saying in an interview with the hard-line Jomhuri Eslami daily.

The ``revolutionary courts have convinced all officials and there is no question or discussion about the accusations,″ Rahbarpour said.

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