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Iran Uses AIDS Doctors' Imprisonment as First Test of Obama Administration
Date:1/20/2009

Physicians for Human Rights states that in the wake of President Barack Obama's inauguration, Iran has signaled that the espionage trial of two world-renowned AIDS doctors is a bellwether for the future of U.S.-Iranian relations

Cambridge, Mass. (PRWEB) January 20, 2009 -- In the wake of President Barack Obama's inauguration, Iran has signaled that the espionage trial of two world-renowned AIDS doctors is a bellwether for the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

The Washington Post reported on Jan. 19 that an unnamed Iranian senior counter-intelligence official warned the new Obama administration that case of Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei exemplifies a "full fledged intelligence war" between Iran and the U.S.

"If Kamiar and Arash are engaged in any war, it's the battle against HIV/AIDS," said Sarah Kalloch, Director of Outreach for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). "They traveled the world to share the Iranian model of HIV prevention, and to learn from other countries about innovations in infectious disease treatment. Treating AIDS is not a crime--it is good medicine."

PHR has learned that despite leaks from Iranian officials over the weekend to the media, the doctors only learned on Jan. 20 that they had been convicted. Kamiar and Arash are sentenced to terms of three and six years respectively. They will serve their sentences in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

"The doctors' trial did not meet standards of due process under international human rights law or even under the Iranian penal code," said Jonathan Hutson, J.D., Chief Communications Officer at PHR. "The brothers still have not been fully informed of all charges against them. Their attorney did not have the opportunity to examine the accuracy or relevance of certain undisclosed evidence and thus had no opportunity to rebut the case. PHR is concer
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