And in other news, UN Sec Gen Ban Ki Moon congratulates Iranian dictator on hios re electionIRAN has said it will try 25 more people arrested after the disputed result of the June presidential election, as fresh claims surfaced that several protesters in jail were tortured to death. "The third session of the elements of recent riots in Tehran will be held on Sunday," a court statement carried by the ISNA news agency said.
"In this session charges against 25 defendants... will be presented."
Iran has already put on trial 110 people charged with protesting against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The defendants include top reformists, political activists, a French lecturer and two employees of the French and the British embassies.
The trial of lecturer Clotilde Reiss has finished, although she remains in custody.
Opposition leaders have denounced the court proceedings as "show trials".
The hearings have angered the international community and heightened political tensions as Iran battles its worst political crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Colour me surprisedUNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose contested re-election sparked violent protests across the country.
"The letter went out yesterday," said U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe.
Iran's June 12 election, which secured hardline President Ahmadinejad's re-election, plunged Iran into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution, exposed deepening divisions in its ruling elite and set off a wave of protests that left 26 people dead. [ID:nHAF039117]
Western leaders, already upset by Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel rhetoric, Holocaust denial and uncompromising nuclear line, refused to congratulate the president on his inauguration last week, although their counterparts in Japan and Turkey did so.
Among those leaders who withheld their congratulations to Ahmadinejad were U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.