Hadi Mansouri: yesterday’s obscenity investigator, today’s criminal judge
According to George Michael, Talebzadeh introduced his personal friend Michael Collins Piper to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the two met on the sidelines of a press conference in the New York City after the latter’s speech at the United Nations. Piper was then invited to Iran by Ahmadinejad and participated in International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in 2006. Other figures personally in touch with Talebzadeh include Aleksandr Dugin, Ibrahim Mousawi, Louis Farrakhan and Catherine Perez-Shakdam. The defendant’s lawyer also said, “The client was not in a good mental condition that day for various reasons and had hidden the knife in his sleeve.” He pointed out: “In this case, what is certain is that the accused killed two people and injured four others.” He added: “The documentation of the case is complete, but the accused did this with a kitchen knife.” After the defendant’s lawyer’s defense, at the request of the court president, the defendant gave his last defense and stated: “I accept my accusations, and I ask the families of the martyrs to forgive me.” After the defendant’s last defense, Judge Mansouri said: “All documents and statements will be carefully examined, so any comments and prejudices should be avoided.