May 04, 2004, 8:26 a.m.
By Nir Boms & Erick Stakelbeck
“I never said that we have no political prisoners. We have them, and that is incontestable. They have been jailed for what they believe in.”
With this admission, made during an April 27 event marking Iran’s “National Youth Day,” Iranian President Mohammed Khatami merely acknowledged what the rest of the world has known for the past 25 years: The Islamic Republic is a graveyard for political dissidents.