Twenty five members of several Iranian Communist groups went on trial in Teheran on January 10.
GV The accused, defence counsel and prosecutors in stage at start of proceedings at Teheran's Evin prison
SV PAN Member of prosecution making statement, and second member of prosecution seated
SV Defence counsel listening to prosecution's statement
SV PULL BACK TO GV Emblem of justice TO prosecutor still reading
GV/SVs Accused listening to statement (3 shots)
SV Second prosecutor asking question, answered by defence counsel (4 shots)
SV/GV One of the accused, seated with others (2 shots)
SV Second prosecutor asking question
GV/SV Accused above mentioned answering prosecutor (2 shots)
SV Prosecution/audience looks on as trial proceeds (2 shots)
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Background: Twenty five members of several Iranian Communist groups went on trial in Teheran on January 10. The defendants are alleged to have taken part in a raid on the northern city of Amol and killed members of its Moslem population. The public trial, held in Teheran's Evin prison, is being conducted by Ayatollah Guillani. The Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, has recently launched a campaign of liberalisation which had led to a purge of radicals and pro-Soviet Communists, notably in the pro-Moscow Tudeh Party. So far, 150 officials including judges, mayors and prayer-leaders, have lost their posts or have been forced to resign. One of the regime's most outspoken radicals, Ayatollah Saheq Khalkhali, has been excluded from the newly-formed Assembly of Experts which is to implement the new liberal reforms. Western observers believe the campaign could, if carried out to the full, alter the course of Iran's Islamic Revolution.