One of Iran's revolutionary leaders has been quoted as saying that there is no question of the hostages in the United States Embassy in Teheran being punished.
GV INTERIOR: Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali speaking in reporters.
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Background: One of Iran's revolutionary leaders has been quoted as saying that there is no question of the hostages in the United States Embassy in Teheran being punished. According to the Japanese newspaper, Mainichi Shimbun the Secretary of Iran's Revolutionary Council, the Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, has said that all the hostages will be freed once Irans aim to Behesti, raise hopes for the hostages, statements by others such as iran's roving Islamic Judge, the Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, can just as easily dash those hopes.
SYNOPSIS: The Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, referred to by some as Iran's hanging Judge, is the man the hostages may have to face if they are ever brought to trial and he has a reputation for taking a hard line. He boasts that he has ordered more than two hundred executions since Iran's February revolution and his work is far from over. He says he recently ordered a death squad to Panama to assassinate the former Shah of iran and told them not to return until they had done the job. He said the death squad was made up of members of his right-wing Fedayeen Islam guerrilla organisation and other groups.
Ayatollah Khalkhali who has been selected as a candidate for the iranian presidency, said that it would not be islamic to kill the hostages. But he said if they were found to be spies a different decision might have to be made. They Ayatollah added that people regarded his measures as straightforward and correct and cited that as the main reason for his being chosen as a presidential candidate.