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Release sought for jailed Tehran mayor's farewell

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Tehran city council has asked the judiciary to let reformer Gholamhossein Karbaschi out of prison to attend the inauguration of his successor as mayor, a member of the council said on Sunday.

A shrewd administrator credited with rebuilding the capital wrecked by war and neglect, Karbaschi was jailed last month on a graft conviction in a case which pitted allies of President Mohammad Khatami against the conservative-led judiciary.

The new mayor, Morteza Alviri, another liberal reformer, was chosen last week by the new council elected in February.

Council member Ebrahim Asgharzadeh told the official IRNA news agency the council's 15 members had made an ``informal'' request to the judiciary to let Karbaschi say his farewell and introduce his successor at a ceremony on Tuesday.


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