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Dec 18-22, 2000 / Azar 28-Dey 2, 1379

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* Iran readies for trial in political killings that shocked nation
* Families of murder victims decide not to attend trial
* Germany condemns Iranian charges of Berlin conference participants
* Thief has fingers chopped off in punishment
* Two dissidents arrested
* Reformist student leader arrested
* Pro-reform journalist freed on bail

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December 22, 2000



December 21, 2000

Iran readies for trial in political killings that shocked nation

TEHRAN, Dec 21 (AFP) - Iran on Saturday will open the much-anticipated trial of 18 men accused of carrying out the brutal 1998 serial killings of several leading dissidents and intellectuals that shocked the nation. The assassinations, blamed on a network of "rogue" agents within the secret police, and the controversy that has dogged the case have underscored the still explosive political tension in the country >>> FULL TEXT


December 20, 2000

Families of murder victims decide not to attend trial

TEHRAN, Dec 20 (AFP) - Relatives of several slain dissidents and intellectuals have dismissed their legal team in the latest twist to the controversial case, the official IRNA news agency said Wednesday. The dismissal comes just three days before the long-awaited trial of the alleged murderers is due to open in a Tehran military court on Saturday in a case that has galvanized public attention for more than two years >>> FULL TEXT


Germany condemns Iranian charges of Berlin conference participants

December 20, Berlin (dpa) - Germany on Wednesday condemned charges made against 17 Iranian nationals who attended an Iran conference in Berlin earlier this year sponsored by the Greens Party. ``The German government views the charges ... as wrong,'' said an official reply by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government published by parliament >>> FULL TEXT


Thief has fingers chopped off in punishment

TEHRAN, Dec 20 (AFP) - A serial thief has had the fingers of his right hand chopped off as punishment, in line with the nation's strict version of sharia, or Islamic, law, press reports said Wednesday. The amputation was ordered for the unidentified man by a court in the central town of Shahreza, the Kayhan paper said. It did not give the date or any further details >>> FULL TEXT


December 19, 2000



December 18, 2000

Two dissidents arrested

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Two leading Iranian dissidents were arrested Sunday on charges of insulting Iran's supreme leader. Ezatollah Sahabi, a member of the dissident Freedom Movement that opposes Iran's clerical rule, was interrogated and arrested on the orders of the hard-line Tehran Revolutionary Court, said Reza Alijani, an editor of the now banned Iran-e-Farda magazine >>> FULL TEXT


Reformist student leader arrested

TEHRAN, Dec 17 (AFP) - The reformist student leader Ali Afshari was arrested Sunday by order of a revolutionary court, a judicial source said >>> FULL TEXT


Pro-reform journalist freed on bail

TEHRAN, Dec 16 (AFP) - Veteran pro-reform Iranian journalist Massud Behnud, facing a battery of serious charges including harming national security, was freed on bail Saturday, his lawyer said. Behnud was released after putting up his house as collateral, lawyer Amir Hossein Abadi told the state IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT


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