London, Aug. 26 – Two
former United States hostages held
captive in Iran for 444 days when
radical Islamists seized the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 told a
Persian-language satellite channel that they have no doubts that Iran’s new hard-line
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was one of the supervisors of their interrogators during their ordeal.
Retired Army colonel Charles Scott, speaking on Los Angeles-based NITV, said
that though Ahmadinejad was not one of his actual
interrogators, he supervised interrogation sessions while the 52 hostages
were held captive in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. Scott added that Ahmadinejad
displayed his authority when he ordered the captives to be given small prison
cells and said, “These dogs are only allowed to come out of their cells to be
Another former hostage, Kevin Hermening, who was 21
years old at the time, recounted how Ahmadinejad
tried to force him to open the embassy’s safe after the takeover. He
described Ahmadinejad as one of the leading figures
during the ordeal.
Several other former American hostages have also asserted that that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was
involved in the embassy takeover.
Last month, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that Iran's president was
a leader in the student movement that organised the
1979 United States embassy siege
and that the U.S. was still
determining whether he was a hostage-taker himself.
"We've looked into the allegations that were made about his involvement
in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. We
know he was a leader of the student movement that organised
the attack on the embassy and the taking of American hostages",
Ahmadinejad is expected to travel to New York in September to
take part in the opening ceremonies of the United Nations General Assembly.