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En av Irans fremste intellektuelle, Ramin Jahanbegloo, ble onsdag løslatt mot kausjon etter å ha sittet i Evin-fengslet siden april. Arrestasjonen vakte internasjonal oppsikt. Jahanbegloo leder Irans eneste uavhengige kultursenter og har vært påpasselig med ikke å blande seg inn i politikk. Det hjalp ikke.

Rett etter frigivelsen ga Jahanbegloo et intervju til nyhetsbyrået ISNA der han innrømmer at han har rotet seg bort i amerikanske og israelske etterretningsagenter, som har konspirert for å styrte regimet i Teheran gjennom en fløyelsrevolusjon à la Ukraina.

«I had ties to American organizations from 2001 to 2006,» explained Jahanbegloo when asked about the charges against him. «In fact, one particular organization, which offers scholarships and organizes events, invited me to some of its conferences. There I came into contact with some U.S. State Department officials as well as others. At some of the conferences I attended there were a number of American and Israeli intelligence agents. These contacts continued until finally, in one of my trips to attend a conference in Europe, I met a former advisor to Clinton who was also the head of the German Marshall Fund.»

«My arrest had to do with ‘velvet revolutions,’» explained Jahanbegloo, «and there were concerns about the people that I had invited to Iran. The German Marshall Fund had proposed a grant for a comparative research project on the role of Eastern European intellectuals and civil society in bringing down communism. The problem was to find ways of empowering intellectuals and non-governmental organizations in Iran.»

When asked whether he had finally accepted the charge of acting against national security or not, Jahanbegloo said, «I accepted acting against national security through having contacts with foreigners and being part of a network. I accepted the charge of acting against national security but did not know that what I was doing was against national security.»

«In my opinion,» Jahanbegloo continued, «at least part of the scholarly community and elements within the civil society are in danger of doing what I did. I see many who receive conference invitations and grants, and who are contacted by American organizations. It is possible for them too to become part of networks that undermine national interests and what can be called ‘Iranian values.’ I am talking about civil society in general. Even those within the government can fall into this trap unknowingly.»

Dette smaker av Moskva-prosess og maoistisk selvkritikk. Irans makthavere føler seg sterke nok til å knekke enhver som kan danne en moralsk motpol.

For et par uker siden sa riksadvokaten at de satt på en tape der Jahanbegloo tilstår. Om den vil bli sendt på TV gjenstår å se, sa han. Offentlige tilståelser har vært et fast trekk ved prestedikaturet siden revolusjonen.

Jahanbegloo Blames U.S. Ties for His Arrest