Iran's new rulers have executed four of the Shah's top generals and are putting 22 other military and civilian officials of the overthrown monarchy on trial.
GV Wrapped up bodies on floor after execution. (2 SHOTS)
SV Bodies being removed from compartments in morgue and displayed. ZOOM INTO CU General Naji, PULL OUT TO SV other bodies including Nematollah Nassiri.
GV Attendants display body of General Nassiri.
GV Aircraft taxiing.
SV Americans speaking in English before leaving, PAN TO luggage, with soldiers standing nearby.
REPORTER: "Do you guys have any particularly strong feelings about Iran one way or the other on your way out?"
U.S. CITIZEN: "Nothing strong, no. We are very sorry for what happened here."
SECOND CITIZEN: "We have met some very fine people while we were over here. It is one of those things."
REPORTER: "Would you like to stay now?"
CITIZEN: "I think I would like to see the situation clarified a little bit more."
REPORTER: "Do you know where you are going today?"
CITIZEN:"We are going on an aeroplane."
REPORTER: "Did they tell you where you are going to get off?"
CITIZEN: "When she sets down."
REPORTER: "Good luck."
CITIZEN: "Thank you."
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Background: Iran's new rulers have executed four of the Shah's top generals and are putting 22 other military and civilian officials of the overthrown monarchy on trial. This was announced by an official spokesman of the Ayatollah Khomeiny. The four generals had been convicted of offences against the people.
SYNOPSIS: The generals' bodies were displayed for newsmen in a morgue. The four men had been machine-gunned to death on the roof the military headquarters of religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny, who led the campaign to topple the Shah. The former martial law administrator for Isfahan General Raza Naji was among the dead. And there were General Medhi Rahmi, the former chief of police and Military Governor of Teheran, and the former head of the army's airborne bridge General Manducher Khosrodad.
General Mematollah Nassiri was the best known among them. He was a close friend of the Shah and a former head of the SAVAK secret police. All four had been convicted of treason, torture and massacres. Photographs of the corpses were published in the Teheran evening newspaper, and supporters of the Ayatollah greeted the news with jubilation. But some factions in the country disapprove of the secrecy and swiftness of the trials, and plan demonstrations.