It was the British! According to the Iranian government, it wasn’t the corrupt election or even general resentment toward a heavy-handed state that led to the massive postelection protests in Iran. Instead the regime has detained staffers from the British Embassy in Tehran, and reportedly will put them on trial on charges of inciting protests against the government.


Some UK embassy staff detained in Tehran and accused of inciting protests after disputed elections will face trial, a top Iranian cleric says.

Guardians Council chief Ahmad Jannati said: “Naturally they will be put on trial, they have made confessions.”

Nine embassy staff were held in Tehran last weekend. Britain says all but two have now been freed.

EU governments are to summon Iranian ambassadors to protest against the detention of the embassy staff.

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