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There are 8 messages totalling 215 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Arya Suspends Publication
2. The Iranian cleric who once set a million-dollar bounty
3. Downplaying the Attack
4. Rafsanjani Not to Become Speaker?
5. Rafsanjani's Votes Decreased?
6. Iranian FM will not attend Arab League meeting in Beirut
7. Why Khatami Doesn't Say Anything?
8. Watch Your Tongue!


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 21:47:57 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Arya Suspends Publication

TEHRAN -- The editor of the moderate daily Arya, which the court forced off
the newsstands for two weeks last January, confirmed yesterday that the
newspaper had suspended publication until further notice.
Mohammad-Reza Zohdi told AFP the paper was suspending publication for "a
certain number of problems" and because of the need to revise working
practices on the paper. He didn't specify what the problems were.
Arya is considered one of the newspapers closest to reformist President
Mohammad Khatami.
A court judgment last January forced the paper off the streets for two weeks
and fined it six million rials ($2,000).
It was found guilty of defamation following complaints from police officers
and the elite Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 21:49:34 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: The Iranian cleric who once set a million-dollar bounty

The Iranian cleric who once set a million-dollar bounty on the head of author
Salman Rushdie has warned Belgium of "practical measures" over its alleged
interference in Iran's domestic affairs.
Ayatollah Hassan Sanei, head of a religious foundation that set a $2.8
million reward for the assassination of Rushdie, was quoted as saying
yesterday that the Iranian people would not tolerate foreign meddling in the
Islamic Republic.
"At this juncture, I see it necessary to announce to the Belgian government
that it must pay attention to this fact:(our) reactions will not be only
verbal," Sanei told Persian daily Jomhuri Eslami.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 21:51:10 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Downplaying the Attack

Downplaying the Attack

IRAN * Mohsen-Rahami, the lawyer of the plaintiffs in the dormitory case,
said the court should identify and punish the real culprits who issued the
order for attacking the students. Those who are more powerful, keep
themselves away from the scene while only minor agents stand trial. This is
only downplaying the issue.
The Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) attacked the Tehran University dormitory on
July 9 of last year after the university students held a rally to protest
against the closure of Salaam daily. This sparked off a 4-day unrest, the
country's worst since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 21:51:57 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Rafsanjani Not to Become Speaker?

Rafsanjani Not to Become Speaker?

MOSHAREKAT * This daily, which is affiliated to the Islamic Iran
Participation Party (IIPP), quoted Hamid-Reza Taraqi, deputy of the fifth
Majlis, as saying that a recent move by a Belgian court is aimed at
preventing Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from becoming the Majlis Speaker, because
if he is to be arrested by the Interpol, he cannot travel to foreign
Last week a Belgian court, acting on a complaint by an Iranian expatriate,
ordered an investigation into the alleged human rights violations by the
former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 21:53:14 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Rafsanjani's Votes Decreased?

Rafsanjani's Votes Decreased?

ASR-E AZADEGAN * This reformist daily quoted an informed source as saying
that partial recounting of votes in Tehran shows a slight decrease in
Rafsanjani's votes, while an increase in the votes for Ali Akbar Rahmani and
Alireza Rajaie.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 22:12:54 EST
Subject: Iranian FM will not attend Arab League meeting in Beirut

Tuesday, March 7 10:39 PM SGT

Iranian FM will not attend Arab League meeting in Beirut
CAIRO, March 7 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will not attend
this weekend's Arab League ministerial meeting in Beirut, the Arab League
said Tuesday.

OIC Secretary General Ezzedin al-Iraki had officially announced that he would
represent the organisation instead, said a spokesman.

The decision to invite al-Iraki rather than Kharazi came after pressure from
a number of Arab League members, said a source close to the organisation.

The source did not say which countries had raised objections, but Iran has a
long-standing dispute with the United Arab Emirates since 1971, when Iranian
troops seized control of three Gulf islands to which the UAE lays claim.

Iran is not a member of the League and is opposed to the Middle East peace
process. It is the main financial backer and arms supplier of Hezbollah, the
armed Islamic resistance to the Israeli occupation of Lebanon.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Mussa said Sunday that Iran had been invited
only as an observer in its capacity as current chair of the Saudi-based
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The invitation had been sent not to the state of Iran but to the OIC.

The Saudi-funded Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported Tuesday that the
invitation from Esmat Abdel Meguid, the Secretary General of the Arab League,
had been to al-Iraki.

Earlier, at a press conference in Beirut, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister
Mohammad Rida Sadr had warned that Kharazi's attendance was no longer certain.

Sadr told reporters Tehran had hoped to attend the meeting in order to
generate greater support for Lebanon and for Islamic resistance to Israel.

"If these conditions are met, we will attend and if not we will stay away,"
he added.

Asked about the future of Hezbollah once Israel pulled out of Lebanon, Sadr
said only: "Hezbollah will have to reflect on what it has to do."

This year alone, Hezbollah guerillas have killed seven Israeli soldiers and
13 members of the pro-Israeli militia, the South Lebanon Army, according to
an AFP tally.

Sadr argued that Israel's announcement on Sunday that it would be pulling out
of the Lebanon by July had been aimed at influencing the outcome of this
weekend's meeting.

Only when the results of the meeting were known would it be clear if that
attempt had succeeded, he added.

In Tehran Tuesday Kharazi, speaking at a joint press conference with his
German counterpart Joschka Fischer, hailed the Israeli decision to withdraw
as "a great victory for Lebanon and its people," while expressing doubt that
Israel would really go.

The Arab League meeting, due to run on March 11-12, was switched to Beirut
from the league's base in Cairo, as a sign of solidarity of with Lebanon
after Israel's massive February 8 air raids.


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 22:03:36 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Why Khatami Doesn't Say Anything?

Why Khatami Doesn't Say Anything?

IRAN * Ahmad Nejabat, conservative deputy of the fifth Majlis, said new
"absolutists and nobodies," along with foreign media, anticipate the return
of Americans, Monafeqins [MKO members] and monarchists. "In the Imam Khomeini
Year, 1.4 million lines have been written about Mohammad Mosaddeq, Abdullah
Nouri, Mohsen Kadivar, Abbas Amir-Entezam and Gholamhussein Karbaschi, while
nothing has been written about Imam Khomeini. Whey doesn't President Khatami
respond the criticisms by the Leader and other clerics about the cultural
atmosphere of the country."


Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 22:04:25 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Watch Your Tongue!

Watch Your Tongue!

ASR-E AZADEGAN * Hussein Ansari, MP from Neishabur, said insults and bad
words which are used when referring to the United States are neither in
conformity with the Islamic values and nor do they reflect the Islamic wisdom.


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 7 Mar 2000