More student unrest leaders detained in Tehran
Tehran (dpa) - More leaders of last month's student unrest in Tehran
have been arrested and detained, the daily Neshat reported Sunday.
Abolfazl Passebani, a student leader from the Economic School of Teheran
University, was brought to the notorious Evin prison after being heard
by the Islamic Revolution Court (IRC), Neshat reported.
Two other unnamed student association members, who were also active
in the unrest, were detained last month and there has been no information
about their whereabouts since then, Neshat said.
Ali Tavakoli, a leading member of the country's main student organisation,
was reportedly imprisoned last Monday on IRC orders. He was charged with
having encouraged the students to continue the unrest.
More than 1,500 students were arrested by police and security officials
during the student unrest, but according to President Mohammad Khatami
most were released within 48 hours.
The protesting students are all Khatami supporters and had started the
unrest for protesting a new press law which they consider as limitation
of press freedom.
There were also demonstrating against the closure of the reformist daily
Salaam. Rioting broke out after protesters were attacked by security forces
and Islamic hardliners.
The daily Salaam has been closed down in the meantime for a period of
five years and its publisher and chief editor heavily fined.