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Iran Arrests 4 in Dissident Deaths

Monday, February 22, 1999, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian authorities have arrested four more suspects in the deaths of five dissidents, a military prosecutor said today.

The prosecutor, Mohammad Niyazi, told Tehran radio that one of the suspects was a businessman who fled to Turkey but was brought back with the help of Turkish authorities.

Niyazi said the suspects were arrested over the past month, but gave no other details except to say that some suspects are still at large.

Iran's intelligence minister resigned this month following a Jan. 5 announcement that 10 of the ministry's agents may have been involved in the killings.

Authorities later said that several of the agents have been freed and that other suspects have been detained. Iran has not given a figure for how many suspects remain in custody.

Iran has been struck by a wave of violence, triggered by the intensified power struggle between supporters of hard-liners and moderates inside the ruling Islamic government.

The first of the five victims, Dariush Foruhar and his wife Parvaneh, belonged to a minor opposition party. They were found stabbed to death in their Tehran home on Nov. 22.

In the following weeks, writers Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh and Mohammad Mokhtari disappeared. They apparently were strangled, and their bodies then dumped on the outskirts of Tehran. A third writer, Majid Sharif, was found dead after disappearing from his home.

Two other dissidents, Pirouz Davani and Rostami Hamedani, have been missing since December.


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