Some of the detained Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran will be put on trial, the leader of the country's powerful Guardian Council said today. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati also accused Britain of a role in instigating widespread protests that erupted over the country's disputed presidential election. Yesterday, the EU demanded that Iran release the employees, and Britain is pushing for all 27 EU nations to pull their ambassadors out of Tehran.
It's unclear who is being put on trial or how many staffers remain detained. Iranian officials had said all but one of the eight embassy personnel arrested on June 27 had been released, but the EU believes more than one was still being held. Jannati told worshipers in Tehran that the arrested employees had "made confessions," and he said those involved in protests "need to repent and ask God to forgive them."