British soldiers on their way home
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Iran: Interviews with seized sailors – UK propaganda

Kidnapping of British soldiers recently released continues to stir up emotions in Islamic republic. In response to interviews given by troops in recent days on captivity conditions, Tehran claims they are being pressured by Britain

The interviews given by the British sailors seized by Iran are "British government propaganda," according to Kazem Jalali, spokesman for Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.


The capture of the British soldiers, who were recently released, continues to stir up emotions in the Islamic republic. On Tuesday morning, the Iranian parliament held a special discussion on the issue.


Jalali said that the committee was "willing to hold a press conference for the British soldiers in Iran, in order to convince the global public opinion."


He added that "the troops' remarks testify to the fact that they are being pressured by Britain.


The only woman among the 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran said in an interview published on Monday she had been asked how she felt about dying for her country and feared she was being measured for a coffin.


Faye Turney told Britain’s top-selling Sun tabloid in her first interview since the 15 were released by Iran on Thursday after 13 days in detention that she was threatened with years in prison as a spy unless she did what her captors wanted.


Turney said one morning she heard wood being sawn and nails hammered near her cell and a woman measured her with a tape. “I was convinced they were making my coffin,” she told The Sun.


Meanwhile, the Iranian news agency Fars reported that Iran's top military general announced that his country would publish a book and a CD on the seizure of the British soldiers.


General Alireza Afshar said that the CD and the book would include a detailed report on the sailors' arrest, their investigation and the things they said during their arrest.


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