Monday January 29, 2001 / Bahman 10, 1379, No. 1154
Harmony itself creates our discord.
The teasing smile inside creates my scowl.
This royal falcon wears an owl's face.
The very jaws of death hold life's long grace.
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Murder trial clears the regime, leaves the victims dissatisfied
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - The judiciary left the clerical regime in the clear and victims' families claiming justice was not done in a secret trial that saw three former intelligence agents condemned to death for the 1998 murders of dissidents. "What matters is that we find out the truth," said Parastou Foruhar, daughter of nationalist leader Dariush Foruhar and his wife Parvaneh, who were found stabbed to death in Tehran in November 1998. "And that hasn't happened," she said, speaking to AFP from German >>> FULL TEXT
No more political murders in Iran: minister
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said Monday that there would be no more political murders in Iran, following the sentencing of 15 former intelligence agents by a military court. But he admitted in a television interview that the verdicts handed down Saturday, including three death sentences, "are a problem to us >>> FULL TEXT
Top pro-reform party denounces ruling in shock murders case
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - The largest pro-reform party, headed by President Mohammad Khatami's brother, on Sunday denounced the verdicts handed down for the 1998 murders of several dissidents and intellectuals. "The judge and the judiciary chief well know that one day the light will be thrown on this affair," the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) said after three intelligence agents were sentenced to death Saturday and five others given life in prison >>> FULL TEXT
Iran reformers call for probe of hardline judiciary
TEHRAN, Jan 28 (Reuters) - More than 70 Iranian MPs have signed a petition calling for an investigation of Tehran's hardline judiciary, behind the arrest of liberal activists and the closure of reformist publications in the Islamic republic. "Under the constitution, the judiciary must defend individual and social rights and freedoms," the official news agency IRNA on Sunday quoted Ibrahim Amini, a member of parliament's judicial committee, as saying >>> FULL TEXT
Journalist, father of student leader, freed on bail
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper editor arrested for criticising the judiciary after his student-leader son was jailed last month went free on bail Monday, the official IRNA news agency said. Naghi Afshari, father of the political head of the nation's largest pro-reform student group, Ali Afshari, was released after posting 2,500 dollars in bail, his brother said, cited by IRNA >>> FULL TEXT
Wife worries over arrested pro-reform journalist
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - The wife of a reformist journalist arrested at the weekend expressed fears over his fate Monday, saying his family did not know where he had been taken. "We are extremely worried, because we don't know where he is and the information the judiciary gave us was incorrect," Farideh Saber told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
Conservatives negotiating to choose candidate for president: ICA
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - The influential head of the Islamic Coalition Association (ICA) said Monday that conservatives are in the middle of talks to agree on a candidate for the June presidential elections. "We're negotiating with other groups and we will have our candidate in due time," said Habibollah Asgharowladi from the ICA, the largest group in the traditional conservative Islamic right >>> FULL TEXT
Saudi cabinet approves security accord with Iran
RIYADH, Jan 29 (AFP) - The Saudi government on Monday approved the text of a security cooperation accord to be signed with Iran, the official news agency SPA reported. It said the cabinet examined the agreement and "decided to mandate (Interior Minister) Prince Nayef (bin Abdul Aziz) or a representative whom he designates to sign this accord >>> FULL TEXT
Kharrazi to visit Minsk after Kiev talks this week
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will travel on to Belarus after talks starting Tuesday in Ukraine with President Leonid Kuchma, the official IRNA news agency said. Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi, cited by IRNA, said Monday that the Kiev talks would touch on economic, parliamentary and cutural relations >>> FULL TEXT
Parliament approves budget to fight US influence in Iran
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - The reform-majority parliament on Monday approved some 20 million dollars in funds to fight US influence in the Islamic republic. The measure, passed as MPs continue a line-by-line evaluation of the budget for the next Iranian year which begins in March, is aimed at battling the influence and "cultural invasion" of the United States >>> FULL TEXT
Asseman gets OK for 400 million dollar new-aircraft loan
TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - Parliament gave the green light Monday for state-owned Asseman Airlines to borrow 400 million dollars abroad for the purchase of new aircraft for its ageing fleet, parliamentary sources said. Approval of the loan for Asseman, the number-two airline behind state carrier Iran Air, came as MPs continue their line-by-line evaluation of the budget for the next Iranian year which begins in March >>> FULL TEXT
Iranian women hold first ever indoors football championship
January 28, 20001, Teheran (dpa) - Iranian women are holding their first-ever indoors football championship in Teheran, the governmental daily Iran reported Sunday >>> FULL TEXT
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What matters is that we find out the truth. And that hasn't happened... We didn't want my parents' killers to be sentenced to death and executed. My parents did not believe in the death penalty.
-- Parastou Foruhar, after verdicts were announced against
men accused of murdering her parents
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