Posted by: Lister | April 9, 2007

Together alone

Iran has released new video of the Cornwall 15 in an attempt to refute the allegations made by the British sailors since their return.

Some of the video clips, briefly aired on Iran’s state-run Arabic satellite TV channel Al-Alam, showed several of the eight sailors and seven marines dressed in track suits and playing chess and table tennis. Other clips showed crew members watching soccer on television and eating at a long table decorated with flowers. Crew members could be heard laughing and chatting.

A voice-over comments on the 15’s “liberty during detention”. I assume that means access to creature comforts.

I wonder if the total number of hours of video Iran has will refute the claim that the 15 were in isolation until the last few nights, when they “were allowed to get together for a few hours.”

The British Foreign Office did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Sunday.

An earlier discrepancy

The first comments of the 15 are quoted in the BBC, the Guardian and other British news. I’ll quote from the Guardian, since it has a fuller context — referring to the two weeks of the ordeal.

The returning group later described touching down at Heathrow today as a “dream come true” and something they would never forget.

In a joint statement they said: “The past two weeks have been very difficult but by staying together as a team we kept our spirits up, drawing great comfort from the knowledge that our loved ones would be waiting for us on our return to the UK.

They say the past “two weeks” had been difficult, but the they managed by staying together as a team.
However, the only woman in the group, Leading Seaman Faye Turney, believed for at least four days that she was the only one still being held. So how did Faye Turney keep her spirits up, when she thought she was all alone in Iran? Wasn’t she part of the team that stayed together in the joint statement?

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