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Iranian Leader Sees British Hand in London Blasts

Iranian Leader Sees British Hand in London Blasts

Author: Agence France Presse
Publication: Arab News
Date: July 16, 2005
URL: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=67048&d=16&m=7&y=2005&pix=world.jpg&category=World

A leading Iranian religious leader and politician charged in a nationally broadcast sermon yesterday that there was a British hand in last week's deadly London bombings. Ahmad Jannati, who chairs the powerful Guardians Council, which vets all legislation and candidates for public office, said the British government benefited from the bombings and was the key suspect, whether directly or through its "child" Al-Qaeda.

"One hypothesis is that Al-Qaeda is behind these events, but Al-Qaeda is (US President George W.) Bush and (British Prime Minister Tony) Blair," Jannati charged. "Who created Al-Qaeda? It's you who ought to be put on trial. Al-Qaeda is your illegitimate child," he said, addressing the two leaders.

"The other possibility is that the British government itself created this situation, just like on Sept. 11, 2001, when we discussed the responsibility of the Americans.

"To understand who is behind these events, you need to look at who profits from them. It's the Americans who profited from Sept. 11 and today it's the British who are profiting from these attacks. They say that it's to fight terrorism that they have to go to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and that's how they justify their presence in those countries.

"Yet the Americans have been in Iraq for two years now and it's become one of the least safe places in the world. The Americans, the Israelis and the Europeans should be ashamed but they have no answer."

Meanwhile, the pressure on Iran to free jailed dissident Akbar Ganji is growing with each day of his hunger strike, but the hard-line judiciary insists it is not going to release every prisoner just because he goes without food. Ganji, who has been on hunger strike for 35 days, hinted in a recent letter that he is dying.

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