Almost two hundred Iranians queued in the snow on Tuesday (26 February) to give evidence to a United Nations Commission on the Alleged Crimes of the former Shah.
GTV Demonstrators outside U.N. Commission Enquiries building (2 shots)
SV man holding coloured pictures of SAVAK atrocities
CU man with no eyes, and CU photographs (2 shots)
SV man in wheelchair being pushed toward building
CU man with one leg arriving
GV INTERIOR Members of U.N. Commission seated around table (2 shots)
CU Dr. Adit Daoudi, Syrian member of Commission, seated at table (no right)
SV Other members of Commission seated at table
CU INTERIOR Dr. Daoudi answering Visnews reporter Tony Hull's questions
HULL: "Dr. Daoudi, today the Commission investigated the condition of one hundred and fifty former victims of SAVAK torture. Can you tell me what evidence you heard?"
DAOUDI: "Well, as a matter of fact, they came to us by groups, and we were able to question practically all of them. But we asked them to choose a spokesman for each case. And I can tell you it was depressing, what we heard and what we saw. We saw people who lost arms, and eyes. We saw people who could not speak. We saw children whose age is below fifteen or twenty, and they were tellin us appalling stories about the behaviour of the SAVAK, and the torture they had suffered."
HULL: "Would you personally like to examine the condition of the American hostages at the same time as you are investigating evidence such as you have heard today?"
DAOUDI; Well, I would answer you in a different manner. You see, our mandate which has been published by the Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks about two aspects of the mission--to hear the grievances of Iran regarding the former regime, and the second, to see a solution to the crisis between the United States and the government of Iran. I suppose everybody is finding a certain relationship between the situation of the hostages and that crisis between Iran and the United States. And we are bound to fulfil our mandate in both fields.
REPORTER: TONY HULL
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Background: Almost two hundred Iranians queued in the snow on Tuesday (26 February) to give evidence to a United Nations Commission on the Alleged Crimes of the former Shah. Each mangled limb, each scar, each disfigured face told a story of alleged torture and beating by the ex-monarch's secret police, SAVAK, and random shooting in street demonstrations by the security forces during last year's revolution. The five-man U.N. Commission is made up of lawyers from Algeria, Syria, France, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.
SYNOPSIS: It was only the second day of the five-man Commission's work, but in the eyes of many Iranians, the people who came to testify, embodies all the alleged terror and repression of the Shah's regime.
The witnesses carried doctor's certificates or permanent scars as proof. This man said SAVAK gouged out his eyes. Stories ranged through every conceivable type of torture, claimed to have been given by SAVAK, for crimes ranging from political activity to possessing a photo of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Some witnesses had lost children under the SAVAK and wanted their revenge on the Shah.
The Commission also heard evidence which claimed to show that the Shah and his family pillaged about eight billion dollars from the State. Tony Hull of Visnews spoke to Commission member Dr. Adit Aboudi of Syria, about the so-called human rights violations.