DNI-NEWS Digest - 29 Oct 1998 to 31 Oct 1998

1. Iran releases most Baha'i teachers, U.S. says
2. U.S. Condemns Arrests in Iran .c The Associated Press
3. Turkmenistan's Iran Pipeline Decision May Hinge on Enron Study
4. Kyrgyz to return intercepted arms cargo to Iran
5. Sweden mourns after Halloween disco fire kills 60
6. Tehran to celebrate 1,000th Friday prayers since revolution
7. US-funded radio broadcasts to Iran, Iraq set to start Friday
8. Iran blasts Arafat for signing accord with Israel
9. Death Toll Up To 65 In Swedish Halloween Disco Fire
10. Nine Still Critical After Sweden Disco Fire
11. Iranian Students To Burn U.S. Puppet Instead Of Flag
12. 9 Iranian youngsters among the victims of Gotenburg fire

Subject: Iran releases most Baha'i teachers, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran has set free all but four out of more than 30 Baha'is arrested last month in a crackdown on a university established by members of the 19th-century religion, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.

The four join nine other Baha'is in jail in Iran and six of those 13 are on death row, spokesman James Foley said.

The people arrested were members of the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education, a self-help university founded in 1987 after Iran made it harder for Baha'is to attend public universities.

Baha'is in France said earlier this month the Iranians had cracked down on the institute in 14 cities, arresting 32 people and breaking into and looting many homes.

Foley said the Iranians had initially arrested at least 36 people in raids on more than 500 homes and office buildings owned or rented by Iranian Baha'is.

They confiscated materials that had no political or religious content, such as dentistry and accountancy textbooks, as well as some laboratory equipment, he added.

``We urge the government of Iran to eliminate restrictions on the practice of religion and to recognize and uphold the fundamental human right to freedom of conscience and belief,'' he said. He also urged Iran not to carry out the executions.

The Baha'i religion, an offshoot of Islam, originated in Iran 150 years ago. It says it has 6 million members, including 350,000 in Iran, where it is officially considered ``a misleading and wayward sect.''

16:48 10-29-98


Subject: U.S. Condemns Arrests in Iran .c The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department accused Iran of persecuting members of the Baha'i faith and urged that death sentences against six Baha'i prisoners be set aside.

More than 500 homes and office buildings owned or rented by Iranian Baha'is have been raided and at least 36 faculty members from a Baha'i institute arrested, deputy spokesman James Foley said Thursday.

Textbooks on such subjects as dentistry and accounting were confiscated, the U.S. spokesman said. None of the material seized dealt with religious or political subjects, Foley said.

Four of the 36 teachers were kept in prison, joining 13 other Baha'is, six of whom are facing execution.

Three weeks ago, the State Department condemned the execution of a Baha'i, Ruhollah Rowhani. The department said it had seen no evidence Rowhani was accorded due process of law.

The White House also issued a statement, conveying President Clinton's condolences to Rowhani's family. It said Clinton urged Iranian President Mohammad Khatami ``to take the necessary steps to ensure that others are not victimized for the peaceful expression of their faith.''

On Thursday, the State Department's Foley said the buildings raided in recent days were used by the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education, a university founded in 1987 after Baha'is were virtually banned from Iran's public universities.

``We have publicly called on the government of Iran to protect the lives of all Baha'is,'' Foley said. ``We continue to urge the government of Iran to eliminate restrictions on the practice of religion and to recognize and uphold the fundamental human right to freedom of conscience and belief.''

The U.S. official urged the Iranian government ``to exercise restraint and not carry out'' death sentences against imprisoned Baha'is.

The Baha'is draw their religious principles from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths. They are considered heretics by Iran's Islamic fundamentalist government.

For months, the Clinton administration has pursued diplomatic and other contacts with Iran on the basis of a judgment that President Khatami was inclined to moderation.

Hard-liners in the Iranian government have rebuffed the overtures.

AP-NY-10-29-98 1813EST


Subject: Turkmenistan's Iran Pipeline Decision May Hinge on Enron Study

Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Turkmenistan said it won't decide whether to sponsor a major natural gas pipeline through Iran until it sees more details of a proposal from the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and reviews a competing study from Enron Corp.

Shell, the world's biggest publicly traded oil company, said earlier this week it completed a study of possible routes for gas export pipelines from Turkmenistan, including one through Iran. Enron, a Houston-based gas company, also is studying the feasibility of building a pipeline underneath the Caspian Sea to take Turkmenistan's gas to Western European markets.

The studies are being closely watched by U.S. regulators and other oil companies interested in working in Iran, which would conflict with U.S. economic sanctions. Neither Shell nor the Turkmen official would say whether the route through Iran or the one that bypasses the nation appears most attractive.

``We are still expecting some materials from Shell within one month,'' said Chary Bikiev, head of the department for negotiations at the Competent Body for the Exploration of Hydrocarbon Resources under the President of Turkmenistan. ``That's why it is difficult to say exactly whether this route would be economically advisable.''

The government will make a final decision only after both studies have been analyzed by Turkmen specialists. Bikiev said he expected more details from Shell by the end of this month.

Currently, Turkmenistan's only export pipeline is controlled by Russia's OAO Gazprom and Turkmen officials are anxious to end the country's dependence on exports through Russia following a dispute over payment for its gas that left its pipeline shut off.

The U.S. government financed Enron's $750,000 pipeline study, which would transport gas underneath the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and eventually to Western Europe, as an alternative to a route through Iran. The U.S. has sought to politically and economically isolate Iran since 1979, accusing the nation of seeking nuclear weapons, disrupting the peace process with Israel and sponsoring terrorism.

Bikiev said Enron's study is due to be delivered to the government on Nov. 15.

07:53:50 10/29/1998


Subject: Kyrgyz to return intercepted arms cargo to Iran

BISHKEK, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan, which intercepted an Iranian train with ammunition bound for Afghanistan's anti-Taleban opposition earlier this month, will send the lethal cargo back to Iran soon, Kyrgyz officials said on Thursday.

``A political decision to send the train back has been taken,'' Askar Aitmatov, a foreign policy department chief in the presidential administration, told Reuters. ``Relevant ministries are now preparing the train for the departure.'' The train with hand grenades, anti-tank mines, cartridges, cannon shells and mortar bombs was intercepted on the night of October 10 in the town of Osh in the former Soviet state's south.

Kyrgyzstan's secret police has said that about 700 tonnes of ammunition had been found among a humanitarian cargo with flour and was bound for opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood who fights the purist Islamic Taleban movement in northern Afghanistan.

After news of the interception emerged, the Taleban militia urged the United Nations to stop alleged Iranian interference in Afghan affairs.

Aitmatov said that Kyrgyzstan wanted to avoid possible diplomatic complications with Iran.

He called the interception of the Iranian train a ``misunderstanding.''

``Both we and Iran have fallen into an awkward situation against our will,'' he said.


Subject: Sweden mourns after Halloween disco fire kills 60

Sweden mourns after Halloween disco fire kills 60 Most of the revellers were from Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Somalia or Iran. Sweden has traditionally welcomed immigrants and about one in eight of its population has a foreign background.

By Paul de Bendern

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Sweden was plunged into shock by the deaths of 60 young people in a fire which roared through a packed Halloween disco.

Doctors said on Friday the death toll could rise because about one third of the 170 injured were critically ill from smoke inhalation, burns or bones broken when they scrambled for exits or leapt for their lives from windows.

An electrical spark probably started the fire just before midnight on Thursday at a Gothenburg disco where up to 400 youngsters aged 13 to 20, mostly immigrants, were dancing at the Macedonian cultural centre.

``It looked like it started at the ceiling and the lamps and speakers fell to the floor. It was chaos. Everyone tried to get out. People were trampling each other to get to the door,'' said 15-year-old Jamal Fawz.

Swedish television showed rescue workers hauling out bodies wrapped in blankets and told harrowing tales about how the young people struggled to escape through a single exit.

Rescuers said bodies tumbled from windows and told of a small room in which they had found 20 to 30 tangled, crushed bodies, probably killed by toxic fumes.

``It looked like a gas chamber in Auschwitz must have done, counting the dead was impossible,'' Lennart Olin, who led the rescue operation, told Swedish radio.

Poisonous smoke killed most of the victims within minutes. Others kicked out windows of the two-storey red-brick building and threw themselves out, some breaking legs or necks on impact.

Most of the revellers were from Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Somalia or Iran. Sweden has traditionally welcomed immigrants and about one in eight of its population has a foreign background.

Prime Minister Goran Persson flew to Sweden's second city for a memorial service in the Domkyrkan cathedral with 1,500 weeping mourners, half of them teenagers. He was visibly shocked by evidence of their fight to escape the inferno.

``It was all burned out, with only a skeleton left. On the floor there were shoes and boots -- boots just like our own children have. It was only then that you could really understand what happened,'' Persson said, fighting back tears.

``Our thoughts are with those parents whose children never came home,'' Persson said, adding state cash would be available to help victims.

Hundreds paid tribute to the young victims, lighting candles and laying flowers at the site in Gothenburg's docklands area. Officials have not been able to identify most of the bodies so far because they were so badly charred.

Officials said the disco was licensed to hold only 150 people. Only one of the two fire exits was in working order and fire extinguishers present were not used.

Police said they had not ruled out arson, noting the speed with which the fire consumed the low-ceilinged room.

``First we have to find out what really happened there and if there are any possible criminal cases against anybody. A charge could involve manslaughter,''Chief Prosecutor Ulf Noren said.

Authorities said young people organised the party and rented the premises themselves. Police said, however, they may have lacked the required permits to hold a party of that size.

``We never thought something like this could happen in Sweden. This is probably the largest fire catastrophe we have ever had in Sweden,'' Olin said.

Private cars, taxis and buses took injured youngsters to local hospitals, which set up hotlines and crisis groups for relatives and friends of victims.

Military helicopters flew some of the injured to specialist burn clinics around Scandinavia.

Pope John Paul sent a telegram of condolence.

Three senior Macedonian Orthodox clerics and a Somalian imam were in Gothenburg, which is on Sweden's west coast about 480 km (300 miles) from Stockholm, to comfort victims' families.

18:22 10-30-98


Subject: Tehran to celebrate 1,000th Friday prayers since revolution

TEHRAN, Oct 29 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will personally lead weekly mass prayers in Tehran on Friday to mark the thousandth such ceremonies here since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the news media announced Thursday. Communal prayers have been held every Friday throughout Iran since the revolution, led by clerics representing Khamenei, who is the top political and religious authority in Iran. Khamenei, himself the permanent prayer leader, has appointed four senior clerics, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to alternately lead prayers at Tehran University each week, which are preceded by a political and religious sermon. The other prayer leaders of Tehran are Mohammad Yazdi, head of the judiciary as well as members of the powerful Guardians Council, Ahmad Jannati and Mohammad Emami-Kashani -- all of whom are renowned conservatives. But the leader turns out in person from time to time to mark major events, drawing a larger crowd than usual. The prayer leaders use the opportunity to inform the public, and foreign observers, of Iran's current and future policies. The audience appearing for the prayers in Tehran generally includes senior officials of the regime who are seated on the floor in the front row of the congregation. The prayers are divided into two sermons, the first of which deals with theological questions and the second with social and political affairs. The event is regularly seized upon to launch tirades against the United States and Israel, countries whose "aggression" and "arrogance" Iran habitually condemns. The fiery speeches are accompanied by shouts of "death to America"and "death to Israel" and slogans in support of the Islamic regime. Ayatollah Khamenei's address at next Friday's anniversary prayers will be his first public appearance since last week's Assembly of Experts elections, where conservative clerics won a majority of seats on the key body charged with hiring and firing Iran's supreme political and religious leader.


Subject: US-funded radio broadcasts to Iran, Iraq set to start Friday

NICOSIA, Oct 30 (AFP) - Two controversial US-funded radio services to Iran and Iraq were set to begin broadcasts Friday, the website of the programmes' Prague-based producer Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said. Both Baghdad and Tehran have slammed the planned broadcasts as interference in their internal affairs and warned Prague that they may harm relations. Two hours of programmes a day will be broadcast in Persian and an hour in Arabic, according to a schedule carried on the RFE/RL website (www.rferl.org). The service to Iran, known as the Farsi Language Service, will broadcast from 0430 to 0530 GMT and 1600 to 1700 GMT, it said. The other service, known as Radio Free Iraq, will broadcast from 0300 to 0330 GMT and again from 1600 to 1630 GMT. The website advised listeners they could also tune in to the service live through the Internet during the advertised broadcast times via a "free real audio player." "The content of what is broadcast by the radio is not consistent with the traditionally friendly relations between Iran and the Czech Republic," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mahmud Mohammadi warned on Saturday, presumably in reference to trial broadcasts monitored by Tehran. The radio is "part of the 20-million-dollar appropriations of the United States for launching a propaganda war against Iran, which amounts to interference in the internal affairs of Iran," he said. "The project would not be in the best interests of the Czech Republic," he warned. Earlier this year, there was some question about whether the Czech Republic's new government, which took office after June elections, would continue to back the broadcasts. They were originally approved by the previous conservative Czech government, but the new government has been less happy about the project expressing concern that the production studios may become a focus of terrorist attack. RFE/RL was launched during the Cold War and was aimed at the Soviet bloc in particular. It moved its headquarters from Munich to Prague in 1995.


Subject: Iran blasts Arafat for signing accord with Israel

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a scathing personal attack on Friday against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for signing the Wye River accord with Israel, calling him a "traitor and a lackey of the Zionists." "This wretched man and traitor who deems himself the representative of the Palestinian people does not even deserve to be a member of the Palestinian movement," Khameini told a crowd of thousands at Tehran University before weekly Moslem Friday prayers. It was the Iranian leader's first response to the Wye River land-for-peace accord signed in Washington a week ago by Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Iran vehemently opposes the Middle East peace process and supports militant Palestinian and Lebanese groups fighting the Jewish state. Khamenei was making a rare appearance at Friday's mass prayers to mark the 1,000th such ceremony here since the 1979 Islamic revolution and the event was also attended by a host of political and military officials, including President Mohammad Khatami, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards General Rahim Safavi. He said the "disgraceful agreement means that Palestinians can continue to live only as slaves to Israel ... It allows treacherous Palestinians to ensure security, something the Zionists themselves have not been able to achieve." "Indeed, Arafat took on from Israel the responsibility of tracking down the Palestinians and made the job easier for the enemy, and more difficult for the revolutionaries," said the Iranian leader. "Now he has to routinely answer to America. Israel will provide the list, America acts as a judge and Arafat as executioner," he said. Khamenei warned that the accord, which provides for Israel to withdraw from 13 percent more of the West Bank in return for a Palestinian crackdown on anti-Israel militants, was doomed to fail. "The Palestinian people will continue to be enemies of the Zionists and their lackeys, even if one of them happens to be Arafat," Khamenei added. His comments came the day after a suicide bombing in the Gaza Strip claimed by the HAMAS movement killed one Israeli soldier and injured six other Israelis. It was the harshest attack on Arafat by an Iranian official in over a year.

In March last year former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani met Arafat at an extraordinary Islamic summit in Islamabad launching a slow rapprochement with the Palestinian leadership after years of difficult relations.

Arafat was among dozens of Islamic leaders who came to Tehran last December to attend a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and held talks here with Khatami, although not with Khamenei.

Khatami's government has taken a more conciliatory attitude towards the Palestinian leadership, and the foreign ministry reaction to the Wye River accord was extremely low-key, describing it only as a "cause for much concern."

Khatami himself was relatively harsher when he criticized the agreement in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara, who visited Tehran early this week.

A keen supporter of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Arafat was given a warm welcome in Tehran by Iran's then leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just days after the former shah was toppled, but relations deteriorated rapidly after the PLO sided with Iraq in its 1980-1988 war with Iran.


Subject: Death Toll Up To 65 In Swedish Halloween Disco Fire

Death Toll Up To 65 In Swedish Halloween Disco Fire

By Paul de Bendern

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - At least sixty-five teenagers died and 162 were injured when fire swept through a Halloween party at an overcrowded Gothenburg disco sending panicked youngsters leaping from second-story windows.

``I was outside the disco and heard bangs... people shouted and I saw them burning in the windows, some jumped out of the windows and broke their legs,'' Heresh Daneshvar told Reuters.

Most bodies could still not be identified because they were so badly burned, Swedish officials said Friday.

Police said the death toll could rise further as 57 of the injured were in intensive care.

They said an electrical spark probably started the fire late Thursday night in the disco where 300 to 400 young people aged 13 to 20 were dancing and celebrating Halloween at the Macedonian cultural center in Gothenburg's docklands.

``The death toll has now risen to 65. Thirteen of those have been identified,'' police spokesman Bengt Staaf told reporters.

Sweden's TT news agency said the death toll rose to 67 but police would not confirm this.

Most of the revelers were from Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Somalia and Iran, but there were also Latin Americans at the disco party on the second floor of the cultural center when the fire broke out.

Police said 59 people burned to death or died from smoke inhalation as flames raced through the 40 meter (yard) long building. Others died in hospital.

``It looked like a gas chamber in Auschwitz must have done, counting the dead was impossible,'' Lennart Olin, who led the rescue operation, told Swedish radio.

Officials said the disco was licensed to hold only 150 people. Only one of the two fire exits seemed to have been in working order and the building was not equipped with sprinklers. Fire extinguishers were not used.

Military helicopters flew some of the injured to specialist burn clinics around Scandinavia.

``People were screaming: 'Our friends are in there! Our friends are in there!' Some tried to go in again after their friends and not all of them made it back,'' survivor Dlaco Salwati told Swedish television.

Officials said desperate young people searching for their friends among the survivors had impeded rescue efforts.

Teenagers who went back into the building managed to save about 40 of their friends, one witness said.

Private cars, taxis and buses took injured youngsters to local hospitals, which set up hotlines and crisis groups for relatives and friends of victims.

``We never thought something like this could happen in Sweden. This is probably the largest fire catastrophe we have ever had in Sweden,'' Olin said.

Gothenburg is on Sweden's west coast and about 480 km (300 miles) from Stockholm.

Prime Minister Goran Persson laid flowers in the burnt-out hall and talked to rescue workers.

Pope John Paul sent a telegram of condolence.

Three senior Macedonian Orthodox clerics, on their way to Sweden to consecrate a church, were due to come to Gothenburg to take part in memorial services and comfort victims' families. Among the worst of similar tragedies were a dance hall fire in Grenoble, France in November 1970 in which 146 died and a November 1942 blaze at a nightclub in Boston, U.S.A., in which the death toll was 490.


Subject: Nine Still Critical After Sweden Disco Fire

Nine Still Critical After Sweden Disco Fire

By Paul de Bendern

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - Nine young people were still fighting for their lives in Sweden Saturday after a Halloween disco inferno that killed 60 and injured 170.

The nine were in critical condition in special hospital burns units. Many more had serious injuries from Thursday night's fire and the panicked scramble to escape the flames, some by breaking windows and leaping out into the darkness.

Survivors and rescuers told newspapers how up to 400 terrified youths had tried to squeeze through a single exit and how bodies tumbled out of second story windows of the building in Sweden's second city Gothenburg.

``A 15-year-old died while I held him in my arms. A young girl that I had pulled out died without anyone being able to do anything about it,'' rescuer Abbas Kazim told daily Expressen.

In one small room, rescuers found 20 to 30 bodies crushed and tangled together. They had probably been killed by the fire's toxic fumes.

``I was the only one out of those around me who got up when the door opened,'' 14-year-old survivor, Jenny Pettersson, told GT newspaper.

The fire started just before midnight Thursday at the disco where up to 400 youngsters, mostly immigrants aged 13 to 20, were dancing at the Macedonian cultural center.

Only about 18 victims have so far been identified because they were so badly burnt. Police said they were trying to identify the dead without having to put grieving parents through the grim task of looking at the mutilated bodies.

``At the hospital they said our girl was probably among those at the morgue,'' Hussein Mjotahed told Expressen. ``We're devastated. Where are our children? We want to know.''

Police said a special 100-strong task force was questioning witnesses, answering phones on a hotline for relatives of the victims, or taking part in a technical investigation which may lead to criminal charges.

Reports suggest an electrical spark may have set off the inferno, but police could not confirm this.

``The technicians started working again this morning. We won't say anything until we know the cause or know that we don't know,'' police spokesman Mats Glansberg told Reuters.

Most of the revelers were from Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Somalia or Iran. Sweden has traditionally welcomed immigrants and about one in eight of its population has a foreign background.

Flowers and candles mounted up at an altar at the site in Gothenburg's docklands. October 31, All Saints' Day, is a holiday in Sweden when people place candles on their deceased relatives' graves.

Prime Minister Goran Persson flew to Sweden's second city Friday for a memorial service in the Domkyrkan cathedral with 1,500 weeping mourners, half of them teenagers. He was visibly shocked.

``It was all burned out, with only a skeleton left. On the floor there were shoes and boots -- boots just like our own children have. It was only then that you could really understand what happened,'' Persson said, fighting back tears.


Subject: Iranian Students To Burn U.S. Puppet Instead Of Flag

Full story Iranian Students To Burn U.S. Puppet Instead Of Flag 07:44 a.m. Oct 31, 1998 Eastern

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian students are to burn an Uncle Sam puppet instead of the U.S. flag in annual rituals marking the seizure in 1979 of the American embassy in Tehran Monday, a student leader said Saturday.

Students said burning a puppet instead was less provocative than the flag-burning featured in previous anniversary rituals, and that they were making the switch to stay in line with President Mohammad Khatami's policy toward the United States.

``Since Mr Khatami has put forth the notion of 'dialogue between civilizations'...and since the flag is a symbol for American people, this year we will burn a puppet representing world arrogance and Zionism,'' said Maysam Saeedi, a leader of Iran's biggest student group Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat.

``World arrogance'' has been the usual name for the United States and other big Western powers in Iranian political discourse since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The student group has called on Tehran residents to join a rally Monday to commemorate November 4, 1979 -- the day militant students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two Americans seized at the embassy were held hostage for 444 days in a crisis that has marred Iran-U.S. ties ever since.

The theme of this year's rally, however, will be noticeably different from past events.

A poster for Monday's rally read: ``How to bring down the wall of mistrust?'' -- echoing Khatami's words in a January television interview in which he called for dialogue between Iranian and American peoples.

``We have no problems in having relations with any country save Israel which we do not recognize...We will not have any problem with America if it releases our frozen assets, observes respect for our nation and does not apply double standards,'' Saeedi told a news conference.

``The seizure of the embassy was a demand of our people. If we are to resume ties with America, it should be based on the people's demand.''

Saeedi asked American students and academics to try to ''reform their statesmen'' by encouraging them to release themselves from the ``Zionists' influence.''

The United States welcomed Khatami's new tone in his January interview with Cable News Network although he stopped short of the government-to-government contacts that Washington has demanded.

Khatami's conservative rivals, who control key levers of power despite his landslide presidential election in May 1997, have repeatedly warned against any attempt at re-establishing ties with the United States.

Saeedi criticised the U.S. opposition to passing pipelines through Iran to transfer Caspian oil and gas.

``This move by America will add to the mass of the wall of mistrust when our economy has been hit hard by world oil prices,'' he said.

Washington broke relations with Tehran in 1980 during the embassy hostage crisis and imposed economic sanctions on it in 1995.


Subject: 9 Iranian youngsters among the victims of Gotenburg fire

More than 67 young people died at a disco in Gothenburg because of fire in the building.

The youngest victim was an 11 years old girl who died with her 17 years old syster.

Those killed are from 19 nationalities Iran, Somalia, Ethiopia, Turkey, Serbo-Croatian, Kurdistan, Makedonia...

These are the names publicly anounced by the Gotenburg police department, Identification continues by police. 15 more victims has been identified, but since their family has not been informed, their names where not among these.

According to the police investigation officer, there is a 50% risk that the fire was not an accident, and the fact that all the emergency escape doors where blocked, and that some of the eye withnesses said that the fire started from the basement has made many people suspicious that it was not an accident.

Date of birth, Name, Hometown -83 Abdalla, Haval, Angered-Goteborg -81 Abedi, Ali-Reza, Kortedala- Goteborg -81 Akyianu, Amanda, Angered- Goteborg -82 Andersson, Jane Lise-Lott Rosita, Härlanda-Goteborg -81 Bouras, Paraskevi Voula, Kortedala-Goteborg -80 Carvajal Galvez, Gustavo, Annedal-Goteborg -81 Celik, Sehmuz, V. Frolunda-Goteborg -78 Celik, Mohammed Sadik, Angered-Goteborg -81 Farahavsmi, Farzad, Hisingsbacka-Goteborg -80 Garamyari, Naser, Bergsjon-Goteborg -81 Graaf, Tor Ragnar, V. Frolunda-Goteborg -83 Hashemi, Babak, Kortedala-Goteborg -81 Hashi, Mogamud Shino, Angered-Goteborg -79 Hassan, Ahmed Mohamud, Angered-Goteborg -81 Hussein, Ahmed Abdillahi, Angered-Goteborg -83 Javaheri, Gilzad, V. Frolunda-Goteborg -79 Jerez Reyes, Alvaro Alonso, Orgryte-Goteborg -83 Jourba, Svetlana, Centrum-Goteborg -81 Jovanovic, Mirko, Angered-Goteborg -82 Kalyun, Ninva, Bergsjon-Goteborg -79 Karlsten, Robert, Harlanda-Goteborg -81 Kurtesi, Fehmi, Angered-Goteborg -83 Lifsjits, Elizavjeta, Centrum-Goteborg -83 Lindbäck, Maria-Goretti, Linnéstaden-Goteborg -80 Nami, Amir Hassan, Kortedala-Goteborg -82 Ogbamichael, Rahil, Biskopsgarden-Goteborg -82 Papini, Moa Hillevi, Linnéstaden-Goteborg -83 Petralia-Rodriguez, Regina, Centrum-Goteborg -80 Räfling, Kristian, Hisingsbacka-Goteborg -86 Shaker, Jasmin, Centrum-Goteborg -81 Shaker, Meriam, Centrum-Goteborg -84 Skog, Linda Angelica, Centrum-Goteborg -80 Stevanovic, Zoran, Kortedala-Goteborg -84 Svensson, Therese, Kortedala-Goteborg -84 Tabatabai, Sanaz, Gunnared-Goteborg -83 Uflaz, Idris, Angered-Goteborg -84 Wiberg Pilnäs, Emelie Birgitta, Torslanda-Goteborg

My condolences to the family of those who lost their loved ones, specially the Shaker family.

Farhad A. Stockholm