Friday September 22, 2000 / Mehr 1, 1379, No. 1070
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Until you made me sing, I was a monk.
You made me a rabble-rouser, a hopeless drunk.
I used to sit in prayer, so dignified;
Now I'm a toy that children toss aside.
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Iranian verdict in espionage case "disturbing"
(New York, September 22, 2000 )--Human Rights Watch today expressed its disappointment over the decision of an Iranian appeals court to uphold prison terms for ten Jews and two Muslims from Shiraz initially accused of espionage for Israel. The appeals court upheld their conviction on charges of cooperation with a hostile state, and imposed on the defendants reduced prison sentences of between two and nine years >>> FULL TEXT
Convicted Iranian Jews can still seek quashing of trial
TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Ten Iranian Jews whose sentences for spying for Israel were reduced on appeal Thursday, can still apply for their whole trial to be quashed, a judiciary official confirmed Friday. If a submission to the Islamic republic's prosecutors is upheld they would be given a new trial before a different court in the province of Shiraz, the southern city's judiciary chief Hossein-Ali Amiri told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
Eleven Jews intercepted trying to flee
Sept 21, 2000, WASHINGTON (AP) - Eleven Jews who attempted to leave Iran surreptitiously over a number of years have disappeared and could be imprisoned or have suffered an even worse fate, U.S. Jewish groups have told The State Department. The disclosure coincided with a ruling by an appeals court in Iran reducing the time 10 other Iranian Jews found guilty of cooperating with Israel will be required to serve in prison >>> FULL TEXT
Iran likely to escape political fallout after reducing Jews' sentences
TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Iran has probably got away with jailing 10 Jews for alleged spying for Israel without too much political and diplomatic fallout, after cutting the heavy sentences imposed in July, analysts said Friday. "Iran took world opinion into account when it ruled out imposing the death penalty, which had been the great concern ever since the affair broke," political analyst Iradj Rashti told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
Israel expresses "profound concern" at Iranian Jews appeal verdict
JERUSALEM, Sept 22 (AFP) - Israel voiced "profound concern" Thursday at an Iranian appeals court verdict which kept 10 Jews convicted of spying for the Jewish state in jail, protested their innocence and dismissed cuts in their sentences as "cosmetic". "Israel expresses its profound concern following the decision of the Iranian court of appeal in Shiraz in the case of the Jewish prisoners," an Israeli foreign ministry statement said >>> FULL TEXT
Bush says Iran failed 'test' in case of jailed Jews
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential nominee George W. Bush (news - web sites) said on Friday Iran failed a ``test'' by declining to release 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel. ``By failing to release the 10 Iranian Jews, Iran's judiciary has again disappointed the hopes of the majority of the Iranian people for a government based on the rule of law,'' the Texas governor said in a statement issued by his campaign office >>> FULL TEXT
Iran army testing skills near Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A day after test-firing a new long-range missile, Iran's regular army began its largest military exercises of the year Friday in mountainous terrain near the Iraqi border, state-run television reported. The three-day maneuvers in the western Kurdistan province were being supervised by top Iranian military commanders and involved airborne units and ground troops using radar interception systems, the broadcast said >>> FULL TEXT
BP says Iran oil talks going well, U.S. informed
ANCHORAGE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - BP is making good progress in investment talks with Iran and is keeping the U.S. State Department informed every step of the way to avoid angering Washington, a top company official said. ``It's a good conversation and my guess is it will mature quickly,'' BP's head of exploration and production Dick Olver said in an interview. ``My sense is they (Iran) would like us to help them.'' >>> FULL TEXT
Iran's judiciary probes fraud at state bank-papers
TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has launched an investigation into charges that hundreds of millions of dollars were embezzled from a state bank, newspapers said on Thursday. The Entekhab daily said four people, a branch manager of Sepah Bank, his deputy and two employees were now being interrogated for their role in the alleged scam which a senior MP called ``the biggest Iran's banking history.'' >>> FULL TEXT
Historic sites: Facelift
Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Thirty of Iran's top historical sites, including Persepolis, Takht-e Soleyman and Choghazanbil will undergo rennovations for "academic and cultural" use (read tourism) >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Alborz alumni pay respect to principal
Documentaries lack support
Esteghlal thrash Al-Wahda
TEHRAN, September 22 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Iran's Esteghlal thrashed UAE club side Al-Wahda 4-0 on Friday in Azadi Stadium. Esteghlal, who had suffered a 3-2 loss in a poor performance a week before against Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi, managed to outclass and dominate the very side tonight infront of over 100,000 spectators >>> FULL TEXT
Hejazi: 20 million toman man
Olympics: Weightlifting competitions resume
TEHRAN, September 22 (Iran Sports Press) -- The weightlifting competition for Iranian team resumes on Friday with Men's 77-Kg category, where Mohammad Hossein Barkhah will be our second lifter to showcase his talents in these Olympic games. Seyed Mehdi Panzavan (62 Kg) has already completed his competition and placed 6th overall >>> FULL TEXT
Iran tests missile
Iran's Defence Minister says a new missile, Shahab-3D, has been tested. He said that it was part of a telecom project and had no military purpose. Maria Sarsalari talks to Paul Beaver of Jane's Defence Weekly: >>> LISTEN HERE
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