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There are 6 messages totalling 229 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. IRNA: khatami-forouhar
2. Iran press says slain dissident supported Ocalan
3. State Department unruffled by attack on Americans in Tehran
4. News on Daryoush and Parvaneh Forouhar events in New York
5. IRNA: on Foruhar's assasination!
6. BBC:Iranian President condemns killing of opposition figure


Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 13:58:11 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: IRNA: khatami-forouhar

president condemns forouhar's murder as ''repugnant crime''
tehran, nov. 24, irna -- president mohammad khatami here on tuesday,
in a letter to the interior minister, termed the killing of the
daryoush forouhar and his wife as a ''repugnant crime,'' and called
for prompt identification of the ''criminal law-breakers.''
the written message by the president followed the submission of
the report by the state security council which had convened
earlier with the chairmanship of interior minister abdolvahed mousavi
khatami's message read, ''this repugnant crime besides being
highly regrettable, is a source of concern; concern about any doubts
that might be created in the people's minds regarding the ability of
the system and the government to guarantee the citizens security and
the prevalence of law and stability; further concern about the
criminal lawbreakers becoming bolder for similar acts.''
in conclusion the president called for formation of a special
committee under the supervision of the interior minister to in
cooperation with the information minister, identify the perpetrators
of the crime expeditiously.
with the cooperation of the judiciary, the criminals would then
be brought to justice, the president's message added.
the attorney general, officials from information ministry as
well as from law enforcement agency attended the state security
council session tuesday morning.


Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:00:28 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: Iran press says slain dissident supported Ocalan

Iran press says slain dissident supported Ocalan
05:27 a.m. Nov 24, 1998 Eastern
TEHRAN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - An Iranian dissident murdered at the weekend was
rallying support for detained Kurdish separatist Abdullah Ocalan, a government
official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The Tehran Times quoted the Interior Ministry official as saying Dariush
Forouhar, found murdered with his wife, was organising support for Ocalan, who
is under house arrest in Italy from where Turkey has been pressing for his

``The Interior Ministry has confirmed that the veteran politician had applied
for permission to hold a rally in support of the Kurdish leader Abdullah
Ocalan,'' the daily said.

``The application of Mr Forouhar was under consideration,'' the daily quoted a
ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying.

Iran's Salam daily quoted a family friend as saying that Forouhar, a former
labour minister and leader of the small Iran Nation Party, had been expecting
to meet a number of Kurds to discuss Ocalan's house arrest on the day he and
his wife Parvaneh were stabbed to death.

``Dariush Forouhar had an appointment with a number of Kurds at 18:00 Saturday
regarding organise a march at the Italian embassy (in Tehran). The
meeting never took place,'' Salam quoted the friend as saying.

Iran's judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi called for the prompt arrest
of those responsible for the killing of the veteran opposition figure and his

Police say they have not yet established any motive for the killings.

Forouhar, 70, often criticised alleged violations of human and political
rights in interviews with Persian-language programmes beamed to Iran by
Western radio services.


Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:01:57 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: State Department unruffled by attack on Americans in Tehran

Agence France-Presse
(Copyright 1998)

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (AFP) - The United States reacted coolly Monday after a
group of Americans were attacked in Tehran and asserted that it continued to
support people-to-people exchanges as advocated by moderate Iranian President
Mohammad Khatami.

The State Department also said it categorically rejected claims that the 13
Americans were US government officials or agents of the Central Intelligence
Agency and described the group as tourists.

A group of pipe- and club-wielding Islamic militants attacked a bus in which
the Americans were traveling in front of a Tehran hotel late Saturday.

Windows of the bus were broken and some of the Americans suffered minor
injuries due to flying glass, according to the State Department. The Americans
returned home over the weekend.

"We do call upon the government of Iran to adhere to the rule of law and
protect visitors to their country," said State Department spokesman James

"But of course, we also continue to support President Khatami's call for a
dialogue of civilizations and people-to-people exchanges such as this," he

The attack was apparently claimed by a group called Volunteers for Martyrdom
for Islam but the State Department said it did not have any further

The United States has embraced Khatami's call for improving ties between the
two countries, which have been without diplomatic relations since 1980.

But officials privately voice concern that Khatami may be losing his battle
for an open Iranian society to conservatives who continue to view the United
States as "the Great Satan".

The cool reaction from the State Department to the incident underscored
Washington's resolve to continue supporting Iran 's moderates who might be
willing to engage in dialogue.


Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 12:21:38 EST
Subject: News on Daryoush and Parvaneh Forouhar events in New York

Hi all,

The Organizations of National Front of Iran in USA, NFI in Britain and Holland
have declared November 28 as the national mourning day for Daryoush and
Parvaneh Forouhar. I have heard that the National Front of Iran in Tehran have
done so as well.

National Front of Iran in New York and the Nation'a Party are planning a
"Majlesse Khatm" on Friday December 4th at Columbia University [I will send
the notice when I receive a copy]. Please let me know if you can help in any
way in the New York area.




Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 02:17:44 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: IRNA: on Foruhar's assasination!

tehran, nov. 24, irna -- the english daily 'iran news' tuesday
regretting the murders of politician dariush forouhar and his wife,
criticized the security forces and judiciary's practice of keeping the
news media and public in dark regarding their ongoing investigations.
''their conclusions play right into the hands of our enemies and
their propaganda machines,'' pointed out the editorial.
whatever forouhar's political inclinations were, as a citizen of
the islamic republic, he was entitled to all the rights bestowed upon
all iranians by the constitution, foremost among them, protection by
the security forces, argued the daily.
however, these murders have provided an opportunity for the
enemies of iran to once again churn out untruths in their news media
about iran and its officials, stated the paper.
referring to the attacks on former interior minister abdollah
nouri and culture minister attaollah mohajerani, the daily said that
the incidents caused a circulation of rumors among the people and
has created an unhealthy political atmosphere.
''the question of security is of utmost importance for us, if we
want to attract and absorb domestic and foreign investment. we must
pay special attention to this issue. there will be no breach of
national security if officers in charge of such cases share their
information and results of their investigations with the media and the
people,'' stressed the article.
if the people are kept well informed, the security and judicial
authorities will in effect prevent the public from indulging in gossip
mongering and accepting false and distorted information, stated the
paper adding that a speedy identification and arrest of the guilty
parties will obviously enhance national security and maintain calm in
the society.
''rumors abound where genuine news is suppressed. proper
dissemination of news about this horrible crime which is abhorred by
everyone will not jeopardize national security. on the contrary, it
will assure the members of the public that their personal safety and
ecurity is important to the government,'' highlighted the daily in


Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 03:56:40 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: BBC:Iranian President condemns killing of opposition figure

Tuesday, November 24, 1998 Published at 13:32 GMT
World: Middle East
Iranian President condemns killing of opposition figure

The Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, has condemned the killings of an
Iranian opposition leader, Dariush Foruhar, and his wife, Parvaneh, who were
stabbed to death at their home in Teheran on Sunday.

Mr Khatami ordered the interior ministry to set up a special committee to
bring the killers to justice.

Mr Foruhar was one of the most vocal critics of the religious leadership in
Iran and his close associates have blamed the Islamic regime for his murder.

A BBC correspondent says Mr Khatami is concerned that the killing may damage
the reformist image of his government at home and abroad.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 23 Nov 1998 to 24 Nov 1998