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Saturday, 18 April 2009

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The jailing of US journalist Roxana Saberi by an Iranian court today has raised a number of legal and human rights queries.

The journalists trial took place behind closed doors and Amnesty International are describing the process of the trial as "at best, dubious and at worst, insane".

A spokesman for Saberia described that the trial consisted of a best of 3 board game contest against Alheri-Aman Waddington, the Iranian board game champion.

Saberia took the first match, correctly identifying that the murderer was Professor Ahmenidinijad, in the basement with the beheading.

The second game went to Waddington, who by owning hotels on the property which Sabeira's top hat landed on, forced her to declare bankruptcy.

The final and most questionable game saw Waddington win at Scrabble although Saberia claimed that he had concealed the blank tiles up his sleeve before the game.

A number of US legal experts are reviewing previous examples of "Trial by Board game".

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