Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Elections in Iran

Delivered in Plenary - 15th July 2009

Mr President

The appalling Iranian theocratic dictatorship is already guilty of many crimes against its own people: from hanging Baha’is to hanging homosexuals and now apparently hanging 50 innocent protestors. So we should hardly be surprised by the mere stealing of an election through wholesale electoral fraud. I believe this crack in the regime and the courage of its protesting youth – whom I salute – will eventually bring the whole rotten government down.

Mr Howitt recently, in another meeting, suggested that we should have sent EU electoral observers from this House to confirm whether fraud had actually taken place. No, we must never legitimise any sham election which restricts candidates on the basis of their religious purity and conducts its count behind closed doors.