A United nations Commission, appointed to investigate the alleged crimes of the now deposed Shah of Iran, has begun formal hearing in the Iranian capital, Teheran.
GV (MUTE) Night scenes of members of United Nations Commission out of aircraft in Teheran (2 shots)
SV: Members of Commission entering room and seated left to right, from Sri Lanka Mr. Hector Jayawardene, from France, Monsieur Louis Edmond Pettiti, from Algeria Monsieur Muhammad Bedjaoui, from Venezuela Mr. Andres Aguilar and from Syria, Mr. Adib Daoudi, as cameramen photograph. (2 shots)
GV: Commission spokesman making statement in English.
GV: United Nations flag outside building.
SV: Commission delegates out of cars as snow falls and enter building. (3 shots)
GV: President Abolhassan Bani Sadr inside gates of United States Embassy compound.
GV: Bani Sadr on Rostrum inside compound waving to demonstrators. (2 shots)
U.N. COMMISSION SPOKESMAN: "The Commission is convinced that with the co-operation of all the parties it will be able to fulfil the task entrusted to it as soon as possible."
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Background: A United nations Commission, appointed to investigate the alleged crimes of the now deposed Shah of Iran, has begun formal hearing in the Iranian capital, Teheran. The panel of five lawyers were appointed to the Commission recently by the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kurt Waldheim, and the United States Government is hoping that it will help brig about the release of the forty-nine American hostages still held in the United States embassy in Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: Although most of the Commission's work will be done at the United Nations offices it is also expected to visit the former torture chambers of the ex-Shah's Secret Police, the royal Family's Palaces and a cemetery where the dead of the revolution are now buried. Students holding the American hostages say that if the Commission condemns the crimes of the Shah and shows United States complicity in them, the crisis might ease. Although, its task will not be easy, a commission spokesman was optimistic.
Soon after arriving in Teheran the commissioners, from Sri Lanka, France, Algeria, Venezuela, and Syria conferred with Abooikam Aahidji, President of Iran's Human Rights association who was imprisoned under the former monarch's rule. He was asked to prepare a report. Mr Lahidji said later that he would have a report in tow days on American patronage of the Shah and former U.S. Military involvement in Iran.
While the Commission was getting its inquiry underway, the country's new President, Abolhassan bani-Sadr, was reviewing Iran's National Mobilisation Week March from the walls of the American Embassy. During the march familiar chants of "death to America" rang through the streets.
The Iranian leader made no mention of the hostages during an address to the crowd. But, the students holding them repeated their demand for the return of the former Shah from exile in Panama. The Students added that they would allow the hostages to speak to the U.N. Commission if they had evidence against the Shah.