Rolling coverage: US court confirms detention of Marzieh Hashemi
[ Note: I had good luck here in just picking up before shot time the Reuters report that a government source had told them that the grounds for this whole material witness bruha was based on the US pushing an effort to tag PressTV as illegally being an unregistered foreign agent for the Iranian government.
My first reaction was, if it was true, that not even the US government would make a big fool of itself by throwing that out there, and then I re-thought, that it certainly could. But my big question was “why now?”. We might have to wait for that answer.
Until that news we here at VT could only imagine that it has something to do with her Black Lives Matter work, some kind of “conspiracy” which is a common way to go after opposition groups as you only need an informer on the inside to present evidence that this or that was being planned that was illegal.There is a long history of entrapment in that regard.
The good news was that the court order said that it expected to release her after her grand jury testimony, with the timing of that still up in the air.
As grand jury proceeding are always secret, and necessarily so, we might be dependent on leaks to learn more, with the inherent risk that they could be planted leaks to throw us off the trail… JD ]
– First aired … January 18, 2019 –
It is still too early to know if this case will fizzle out after her grand jury testimony, or even if we are going to learn very much about it as the proceedings are sealed, with very serious consequences for anyone releasing grand jury testimony.
But that does not apply to leaks on the investigation from non grand jury testimony. The reason for the secrecy is that someone can be a target of an investigation and they are eventually charged with nothing, without their life or business being destroyed if it had been made public.
Many grand juries result in no indictments based on the jury’s vote, a bastion that the average citizen still has some control over despite the only adage that a talented prosecutor could get a jury to indict a ham sandwich.