Iran's new government has rejected Western criticism of the summary execution of the country's former Prime Minister, Amir Abbas Hoveyda.
GV & CU Visnews reporter John Darby speaking to Farib Hoveyda (cousin of former Iranian Prime Minister) (5 shots)
DARBY: "Mr. Hoveyda perhaps I could have your immediate reaction to news of your cousin's execution?"
HOVEYDA: "Grief, great grief."
HARBY: "What about the accusations that were made against him, including charges of corruption?"
HOVEYDA: "I don't believe they are true. My cousin was an honest man, humble and devoted to his country."
DARBY: "So you feel the charges against him were trumped up?"
HOVEYDA: "If you are talking about the censorship of the press, this was something existing ever since we had the government in Iran. It was a system. And my cousin was a pawn in that system. He didn't innovate anything."
DARBY: "It has been suggested that your cousin's trial was carried out in a somewhat furtive manner."
HOVEYDA: "We believe that if he'd had a fair trial he could have defended himself and got out clean of the trial."
DARBY: "What sort of memories do you have of your cousins?"
HOVEYDA: "He was an honest man. Any time anybody from the family have asked him for a promotion or a help or a position and so on, he used to answer, 'Iran is not farm for the family of Hoveydas, go and try your way yourself."
DARBY: "Do you harbour bitterness, for what has happened over the past couple of days?"
HOVEDYA: "I have bitterness only for his death. I would have loved to see him get a fair trial."
DARBY: "And with a fair trial you feel he would have been acquitted?"
HOVEYDA: "He would certainly have been acquitted, and would have come clean."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: Iran's new government has rejected Western criticism of the summary execution of the country's former Prime Minister, Amir Abbas Hoveyda. Government officials say Mr. Hoveyda was a "traitor and a corrupt man" who had to take the consequences. An Islamic Revolutionary Court pronounced the death sentence on Saturday (7 April) and five hours later, Mr. Hoveyda had been executed by a single pistol shot. The former Prime Minister's cousin -- Mr. Farib Hoveyda -- is an oil executive who lives in London. On Monday (9 April) he spoke to Visnews reporter, John Darby.