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There are 4 messages totalling 930 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 1
2. Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 2
3. Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 3
4. Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 4

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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 23:54:08 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 1

thr 007
urgent

assassination attempt-hajjarian

city council member survives assassination attempt

tehran, march 12, irna -- saeed hajjarian, a member of the

city council of tehran and managing director of `sobh-e emrouz'

daily, was shot with two bullets in front of the premises of the city

council in behesht avenue in central tehran sunday morning.

the assailants who fired two shots at hajjarian, one to his

shoulder and the other to his face, managed to escape the scene

of the shooting on a motorbike.

eye-witnesses and an official at the city council said the

assailants were riding a 1000 cc motorbike.

according to same source, hajjarian was then rushed to sina

hospital in tehran.

details will follow as soon as they are available.

ns/ls

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thr 012
assassination attempt-hajjarian

city council member comments on attempt against colleague

tehran, march 12, irna -- saeed hajjarian, a member of the tehran city

council and managing director of `sobh-e emrouz' daily who survived an

assassination attempt sunday morning, is now in a hospital undergoing

surgical operation, according to mahmoud alizadeh tabatabaei, also a

council member.

alizadeh tabatabaei, within close distance of hajjarian at the

time of the assassination attempt, said two persons riding a motorbike

stopped briefly in front of the premises of the tehran city council

one of which fired two shots at hajjarian.

"the assailant targeted hajjarian's temple, but since his hand

trembled the bullet hit hajjarian's face," alizadeh tabatabaei said.

hajjarian is now in a coma while doctors perform surgical

operations on him.

it is said that eyewitnesses have provided law enforcement forces

with detailed information which could be helpful in identifying the

assailants.

ns/ls/ks

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::irna 12/03/2000 10:23




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thr 016

assassination attempt-hajjarian

chief of president's office visits hajjarian at hospital

tehran, march 12, irna -- mohammad ali abtahi, chief of the

presidential office, arrived in the hospital where saeed hajjarian, a

member of the city council of tehran, underwent surgical operations

minutes after an assassination attempt on his life.
a number of officials, including the newly elected representatives

of parliament, are at the hospital to look into hajjarian's condition.

hajjarian, managing director of 'sobh-e emrouz' daily, survived an

assassination attempt on his life in front of the premises of the

tehran city council by two unknown assailants sunday morning. he was

shot twice, one on his shoulder and another on his face.

the assailants, who were riding a motorcyle at the time of the

shooting, are still unidentified and at large.

ns/ls/ks

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::irna 12/03/2000 10:39





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thr 027

assassination-khatami
president khatami condemns hajjarian's assassination

meybod, yazd province, march 12, irna -- president mohammad khatami

sunday strong condemned the assassination attempt against saeed

hajjarian, a senior member of the islamic iran participation front

(iipf) and the managing director of sobh-e emrouz reformist daily.

addressing a large group of people here, the president rejected

terrorism as an "ugly phenomenon."

"(these) terrorists resort to such acts because they have no

place among the people and because the people hate them," khatami

said upon learning about the assassination attempt.

"we are men of logic and seek the independence, freedom and

progress of the country," khatami further said.

hajjarian, also a member of tehran city council, was shot and

critically wounded by two unidentified assailants in tehran sunday

morning.

ks/ks

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::irna 12/03/2000 12:39

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thr 028

assassination attempt-hajjarian

snsc holds emergency session on assassination attempt

tehran, march 12, irna -- president's advisor and secretary of the
supreme national security council (snsc) ali rabiei said that snsc

will hold an emergency session in the next few hours to probe into

the assassination attempt against saeed hajjarian, a member of

tehran city council and managing director of 'sobh-e emrouz' daily.

hajjarian, also a presidential advisor, was shot in the neck by

two yet unidentified motorcyclists in behesht avenue, in central

tehran, sunday morning.

rabiei who spoke to irna at the hospital where hajjarian is under

reatment, further remarked that a special operational team has been

formed to look into the case, adding that the supreme national

security council will supervise over the performance of the team.

he said the two assailants who attempted against hajjarian's

life were riding a 1000cc motorbike.

traffic is banned in tehran to motorbikes with an engine

capacity of over 250 cc.

ns/ks

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thr 029
assassination attempt-hajjarian-2 tehran

250 cc.

meanwhile, ministry of culture and islamic guidance in a

statement sunday condemned the assassination attempt and said

hajjarian had been targeted by "opponents of freedom".

the statement said in part that those who shot hajjarian today,

neither believe in freedom nor have taken a lesson from the past,

adding that bullet shots cannot halt the trend of establishment of

democracy in iran.

the office of the ministry's deputy for press and publicity

invited the press to "preserve tranquility" and called on them to

identify murderers and put them before law by maintaining calm.

ns/ks

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::irna 12/03/2000 12:49



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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 23:54:54 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 2

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thr 036

assassination-attempt-hajjarian

(replacing thr 028 saying snsc holds emergency session)

state security council holds emergency session on assassination
tehran, march 12, irna -- president's advisor ali rabiei said here

sunday that the state sei rabiei said here

sunday that the state security council will hold an emergency

session in the next few hours to probe the assassination attempt

against saeed hajjarian, a member of the tehran city council.

rabiei who spoke to irna at the hospital where hajjarian is

under treatment, further remarked that a committee presided over by

interior minister abdolvahed mousavi lari and attended by a

representative of the information ministry will look into the case

of hajjarian who is also managing director of 'sobh-e emrouz' daily.

rabiei further added that at present the danger has been removed

and doctors are more hopeful for hajjarian's recovery.

as for the identity of the assailants, he said for the time

being there is no probability in this connection, adding that it is

possible that some intend to foment tension in the atmosphere

created in the aftermath of the recent parliamentary election.

however, rabiei postponed any comment on the assassination

attempt against hajjarian until after the state security council

session.

describing hajjarian as an intellectual, analytic and

effective character, rabiei said those who targeted hajjarian knew

well that through such a measure the country will be driven towards

crisis.

he called on the press to preserve tranquility and not worsen the

situation through hasty analysis.

rabiei said if agents involved in the assassination attempt
remain unidentified, such measures will be repeated again.

ns/rr

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thr 039

assassination-khatami (2) maybod

sunday morning.

in reaction to the assassination attempt against the life of saeed

hajjarian, president khatami said the government has strong

determination to fight terrorism, violence and murder.

he said the enemies of freedom and independence do not want to

see progress of the iranian nation.

"our witnesses are tens of thousands of honorable martyrs that we

have offered during the sacred defence," president khatami said.

"our witnesses are the distinguished personalities who fell
martyred by the terrorist lackeys of the enemy of the islamic

revolution and that of the nation.

"today a criminal hand is at work and displayed its ugly face by

gunning down a dear human being. today the representative of tehran

people to the city council was shot and critically wounded. the

enemies of freedom and pride of the nation think that with

assassination of a faithful, thinker and servant of the people and the

islamic revolution they would reach their goals," president khatami

said in his address to the people in meybod, yazd province who had

gathered to greet him.

the president questioned whether they (the terrorists) have got

anything from the crimes they had committed in the past 20 years

except for reinforcement of unity among the people.

"have our enemies been able to distract people from the

path they have chosen through terrorist operations in the past 20

years and through the military aggression (by iraq)?" the president

questioned.

khatami who is also chairman of the supreme national security

council said terrorism is a means for those who lack logic so that

they resort to violence and the ugliest form of violence which is

gunfire.

"terrorism is a means for those who have no place among the

people. they resort to terrorism in order to damage the solidarity

among the various groups in the society that have driven the

illogical terrorists from society," the president said.
the world, the terrorists and the enemies of the iranian nation

should know that the islamic revolution will become stronger day by

day by enforcing democracy, president khatami said.

ss/rr

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thr 041

hajjarian-attack-condemnation

groups, officials condemn assassination attempt on hajjarian

tehran, march 12, irna -- tehran city council (tcc) on sunday

condemned assassination attempt on saeed hajjarian's life, the ttc

vice chairman and managing editor of daily 'sobh-e emrouz'.
hajjarian was shot by two yet unidentified gunmen on a motorbike

outside the city council office in central tehran early sunday.

tcc called on all security forces to hunt down the assailants

based on information, testimonies and evidences available.

meanwhile, information minister ali yunesi told irna after

visiting the hospital where hajjarian is hospitalized, his ministry

would seriously follow up the issue.

yunesi, condemning the 'terrorist' act, said the information

obtained from people and eye witnesses had provided the information

ministry with some clues.

he said the ministry would do its best to prevent recurrence of

such terrorist acts in the future.

a tcc member mohammad-hossein dorudian told irna on sunday that

liquidating individuals would not block the progress of reform

policies in iran.

dorudian said the ttc was going to convene a session on sunday to

decide on the safety of its members.

he said that a law enforcement officer in charge of the security

of the tcc was present on the spot with an automatic rifle but had

not reacted to the attack.

he called on the law enforcement agency to offer explanations

on the issue.

bg/ah/rr

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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 23:55:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 3

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thr 045

hajjarian-attack-condemnation ... (2) - tehran

the issue.

executives of construction party of iran (ecpi) in a statement on
sunday condemned the terrorist act and called on the security and

judicial officials to immediately identify and punish those

responsible for the crime.

islamic labor party in another statement said the 'painful' event,

designed and masterminded by any group, domestic or foreign, indicates

their anger and wrath against the growing trend of reform and

democracy in iran.

the party condemned the violent move and urged the security and

intelligence officials to do all within their power to arrest and

punish agents behind the crime.

islamic iran solidarity party in a statement condemned

assassination attempt on the life of hajjarian and called on the

security, and disciplinary officials to arrest the culprits and thwart

likely plots of enemies in future by defusing the anti-popular and

anti-security moves.

ali-reza mahjoub, an mp from tehran and secretary-general of labor

house, said divisive hands, involved in serial murders, had committed

the criminal act. he advised political tendencies to be vigilant

vis-a-vis such events.

managing director of 'abrar' daily mohammad safizadeh stressed

that assassination attempt on hajjarian was aimed at pitting political

wings against one another.

safizadeh said the attack was a plot designed by enemies of the

system to create unrest in the society through attacks on outstanding

figures.
managing director of daily 'fath' yadollah eslami said that

security and disciplinary officials are expected to identify the

agents behind the assassination as soon as possible.

managing director of the english-language daily 'tehran times'

abbas salimi namin, condemning the assassination attempt, said those

incapable of materializing their wishes through logical and principled

means resort to assassination.

managing director of daily 'qods' jalal fayyazi said the violent

actions have never been to the benefit of the iranian society under

any circumstances.

assassination is one of the ugliest acts in the contemporary

world, said fayyazi, adding that iran has been one of the main

victims of the phenomenon.

managing director of the english-language daily 'iran news'

mohammad soltanifar said the assassination attempt on hajjarian's life

was the work of those who are dissatisfied with the people's massive

participation in the february 18 sixth majlis election.

talking to irna, soltanifar condemned the move and called on

officials concerned to identify agents responsible for the

assassination attempt and uproot violent actions.

bg/ah/rr

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thr 047

city council-communique number 2

tehran city council urges security officials to identify assassins

tehran, march 12, irna -- tehran's city council on sunday afternoon

urged the security and the law enforcement officials to immediately

identify and publicly announce those involved in the assassination bid

on life of saeed hajjarian.

in communique number 2, the city council said, "the iranian nation

is determined to replace terror and violence with thought and idea and

has paid the price for its aspiration in the past 20 years."

all know that with assassination of individuals, the thought

cannot be assassinated, it said, adding, "it is a pity they do not

understand this."

the communique said hajjarian, a member to the city council had

been under threat for months from certain people belonging to certain

tendencies known for their use of violence, intimidation and
unfamiliarity with wisdom and logic.

"when the promoters of violence misuse public tribunes to incite

violence by saboteurs, when the lawsuits on the chain-murders and the

violence committed in tehran university dormitory still remain

unsolved and every now and then violence across the country is not

seriously dealt with, how you can expect such bitter events not to

take place," read the communique.

ss/ah/rr

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::irna 12/03/2000 18:58



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Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 23:56:02 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Assassination Attempt - Hajjarian - 4

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thr 048

hajjarian-attack-physician

hajjarian's respiratory organ back to normal

tehran, march 12, irna -- respiratory condition of saeed hajjarian,

the tehran city council (tcc) vice chairman and managing editor of

daily 'sobh-emrouz', has been restored to normal, according to a

physician.

hajjarian was shot at close range by two yet unidentified gunmen

on a motorbike outside the city council office in central tehran early

sunday. the assassins fled the scene of the crime.

one of the physicians attending hajjarian told irna that there

would no longer be any need for ventilator.

the physician added that a ct scan had been taken of his head,

injured as a result of the attack, and necessary medical treatment is

underway.

bg/ah/rr

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::irna 12/03/2000 19:07





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thr 051

hajjarian-lef

lef launches massive manhunt for hajjarian's assailants

tehran, march 12, irna -- deputy commander of the law enforcement

forces (lef) brigadier general mohsen ansari said here sunday that the

lef and security forces have launched a massive manhunt to track down

the assailants following the assassination attempt on the life of

the managing editor of daily sobh-e emrouz saeed hajarian.

briefing reporters on the details of the operation, he said that

the lef investigation personnel have taken eye witness accounts of the

incident to begin the identification process of the assailants. he

noted that the latest information on the case will be announced soon.

a special headquarters comprising of lef and security has been set

up in tehran, ansari added.
he also said that the aim of the assassination attempt is to

create crisis in the country, adding it (attempt) is an anti-national

security act and the lef will use every means at its power to identify

and apprehend the perpetrators.

the lef commander further stated that the interior ministry's

commission for protecting personalities' had previously agreed to

assign bodyguards for hajjarian which he had refused.

nb/ah

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thr 056

hajjarian-update

saeed hajjarian now in steady condition at sina hospital

tehran, march 12, irna -- saeed hajjarian, publisher of the persian

daily sobh-e emrouz, vice-chairman of islamic council of tehran and a

close aide to iran's president hojatoleslam mohammad khatami who was

shot by a yet unidentified gunman in tehran sunday morning is

reportedly in a steady condition at sina hospital in tehran.

a bulletin of the hospital said early sunday evening that

hajjarian's vital signs including his blood pressure, respiration, and

pulse rate were normal, steady and under control.

saeed hajjarian was shot at by one of two assailants at the

sidewalk in front of city council at 08:40 hours sunday as he was

about to enter the building. the handgun with which he was shot at had

muffler, and deputy commander of the law enforcement authority of

iran said on the iranian television at 21:10 hours sunday that

security guards near the spot had not even heard the gunfire.

he said the faces of attackers had been sketched by artists on

he basis of eye-witnesses, and added that they were now being hunted

y police.

a bullet now rests between the first and the second cervical

vertebra of saeed hajjarian, and doctors say under the present

circumstances they will not remove the bullets from his neck.

the assassination attempt in tehran provoked condemnation of

the act by personalities, groups, associations and political
parties nationally most of them saying that the attempt against

hajjarian's life had been designed and engineered by people who are

opposed to national reformation movement in iran, many of them saying

that the plot had been designed by people who had suffered a set-back

in iran's parliamentary elections february 18.

a few hours after the assassination attempt, members of the

islamic cooperation front (icf) party abbass abdi, mohssen mirdamadi,

and mohssen safa-ee farahani said to a large group of local and

foreign reporters here sunday that the bloody incident would not

slow down the tempo of the march to national reformation.

mohssen mirdamadi said the slayers of hajjarian had fled the scene

on a brand of honda motorcycle of which, he said, there are only a few

in iran, intimating thereby his judgment that the identification and

arrest of the slayer would not be too difficult for the law

enforcement.

he said hajjarian had also been in the hit list of serial

murderers in tehran last year, and that he, too, would have been

assinated by those murderers if the serial murders had not been

nveiled.

asked if the cooperation front suspected any person or group as

having been behind the assassination attempt of hajjarian sunday,

safa-ee farhani said all those who are opposed to reformation now in

progress in iran had been behind the assassination attempt whether in

iran or abroad. he said they were the number one suspects in

hajjarian's slaying.
mohssen mirdamadi said that the law enforcement authority of iran

was now able to identify the assailant if only they really resolved to

do so.

asked to comment on the identity of the architects of the

assassination attempt, abbass abdi said he and his colleagues

shared the feeling that certain people were still feeling disgruntled

about the result of the february 18 parliamentary polls in iran, and

because, he said, they could not reverse the course of the political

evelopments in iran they now chose to assassinate people and

personalities. he said the people who had designed and engineered

the attempt against the life of hajjarian sunday probably, and

obviously rightly, believed that hajjarian had been a leading

theoretician of the present reformation in iran.

abbass abdi also requested the print media writers to exercise

every discretion in their coverage of the incident, and said with

confidence that the attempt against hajjarian's life would certainly

lead to fresh progress in the national march for reformation.

see updates later sunday night

hr/hr

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