Reuters court hearing held in Iran

Reuters has appeared in a court hearing in Tehran over a complaint filed by a group of female Iranian martial artists against the London-based news agency over defamation charges, Press TV reports.

The hearing was held at a penal court in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Sunday.

Young Iranian girls training in Ninjutsu filed defamation charges against Reuters in February for describing them as “assassins.”

Reuters showed a number of Iranian girls training in martial arts in a city near Tehran, claiming Iran was training more than 3,000 female ninjas to kill any possible foreign invaders. The Reuters report was picked up by other British media outlets.

The London-based news agency also accused the Iranian government of training killers for hire.