Monday, January 18, 1999/ Dey 28, 1377, No. 646
Lovers stole jewelry to pay for wedding
TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - An Iranian accounting student and his fiancee stole from jewelry stores to get the money to pay for their wedding but ended up in jail, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Abdolreza, 24, and his 19-year-old fiancee, Monireh, were caught stealing gold necklaces and chains, sometimes replacing them with fakes, in eight different jewelry shops around Tehran, the daily Iran said.
The couple confessed, but insisted they stole from the shops to pay for their wedding.
"We're guilty of the charges, but we made a mistake," Abdolreza, an accounting student, told a court here.
"We thought we could get married with the money and have an easy life. We're not thieves, we ended up in this mess by mistake," said Monireh.
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Khamenei urges factions to end dispute over killings
TEHRAN, Iran, Jan. 18 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Monday called on conservatives and moderates to end a bitter dispute over the killings of dissidents. Khamenei's call for calm came amid public concern over a new wave of killings in Tehran which did not appear to be political in nature. There was wide concern among residents of the capital after more gruesome murders in which a prominent elderly engineer and his wife, and the wife of a prize-winning translator were killed at their homes by unknown intruders last week ... FULL TEXT
New murders shake Iran
TEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Political killings and kidnappings, death threats against intellectuals and dissidents, and violent killings of citizens on an almost daily basis, have deepened a sense of insecurity in Iran ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Iran has been gripped by a vicious cycle of death threats and murders against dissidents and writers as well as professionals, as rival political factions are locked in a power struggle ahead of the anniversary on February 11 ... FULL TEXT
Russian ex-KGB blames West for Iran technology
MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Russia's FSB national security service said in a newspaper interview published on Monday that Iran possessed Western equipment which could be used to build missiles. The United States placed sanctions on three Russian scientific institutes last week and threatened further action, accusing Russia of providing aid to Iran's missile and nuclear weapons programmes. But FSB spokesman Alexander Zdanovich told the Sevodnya daily newspaper that Washington had provided no evidence to back up its accusations ... FULL TEXT
MPs reject bill to liberalise car imports
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran's parliament Sunday defeated a bill that would have removed a virtual ban on car imports into the country. In a session broadcast on Tehran radio, deputies voted against a budget item that would have allowed car imports subject to heavy customs duties. Under Iran's protective laws, car imports are allowed only in few cases, including when the payment for the vehicles is made in hard currency obtained from exports ... FULL TEXT
Tehran film fest details
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Details of the Tehran international film festivcal next month, including the names of the films and their directors ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Mayeli-Kohan: Think long term
Tehran (Iran) - Employing a foreign coach for the Iranian national team will do no good if we only think in the short-term, said former head coachMayeli-Kohan in an interview with Iran newspaper ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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