Iran confirms jailing of 2 AIDS experts

Iran's judiciary spokesman has confirmed that two internationally renowned Iranian AIDS physicians are in jail on charges of acting against national security. Spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said Tuesday that the two would stand trial at Teheran's Revolutionary Court in the "next few days." Arash and Kamyar Alaei have been held in Teheran's notorious Evin prison since late June 2008. Jamshidi's comment is the first official confirmation by Iran of the case after months of leaked reports. Jamshidi said the two had also been charged with membership in opposition groups. International human rights groups have called the charges "politically motivated" and demanded their immediate freedom.