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Topics of the day:

1. Bani-Sadr blames Khamenei, Rafsanjani in Iranian writers' deaths
2. "Zan" closed for two weeks
3. killings-press


Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 12:43:15 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: Bani-Sadr blames Khamenei, Rafsanjani in Iranian writers' deaths

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Copyright (c) 1998, dpa

Paris (dpa) - Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr on Monday
blamed opponents of Iran 's moderate President Mohammad Khatami in the
recent deaths of five liberal Iranian intellectuals.

Bani-Sadr, speaking from his French exile in Versailles, said he had
information that the killings were directly ordered by an alliance headed
by Iran 's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and ex-president Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He claimed that the group, at a gathering in the holy city of Ghom, had
agreed to liquidate forces who were fighting for democracy in Iran.

``These murders are intended to hang like a sword of Damocles over
Khatami's head and to show him unambiguously that the process of taking
away his power will be accelerated if he does not submit to the orders of
the Khamenei-Rafsanjani alliance,'' Bani-Sadr said.

Bani-Sadr was president in the years 1980-81 following the Islamic
revolution in Iran before fleeing and taking up exile in France.

In Germany, exiled Iranian writer Bahman Nirumand said the intellectuals'
deaths were signs of a power struggle in Iran , and that conservatives were
probably behind the wave of terrorism, in order to damage President Khatami.

He said that Iran 's justice and intelligence systems were in the hands of
the Islamists, and that Khatami was nearly powerless.

In Iran , Khamenei earlier Monday had condemned the mysterious deaths and
urged authorities to intensify their investigations.

State-run television quoted him as ruling out that the victims were killed
as part of a plot to weaken the leadership of Khatami and block his reform

Copyright (c) 1998, dpa


Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 12:47:41 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: "Zan" closed for two weeks

Tuesday, December 15, 1998
"Zan" closed for two weeks

December 14, 1998, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A court on Monday fined and
temporarily shut down a newspaper headed by Iran's leading woman activist,
Iranian television reported.

The decision was part of a crackdown on several liberal newspapers by
hard-liners in the judiciary. It reflects the conservative clergy's efforts
to thwart moderate President Mohammad Khatami's efforts to open up society
by allowing a free media.

The report did not say why the penalties were imposed on the newspaper
Zan, owned by Parliament member and women's rights advocate Faezeh Hashemi.
Only last Tuesday, a court cleared Hashemi of publishing untruths.

Hashemi and court officials were not immediately available for comment.
The report said Hashemi, the daughter of former President Hashemi
Rafsanjani, was fined about $830 and prohibited from publishing for two weeks.

Hard-liners in the judiciary have shut down six other publications in
recent months and detained six journalists for allegedly publishing lies.

The court on Monday also fined the proprietor of the newspaper Bavar,
Mirza Baba Motahhari-Nezhad, $1,000 and banned him from publishing any
newspaper for six months.


Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 20:10:50 +0000
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: killings-press

thr 013
murdering writers has historical precendence in iran, paper
tehran, dec. 15, irna -- the english daily `iran news' tuesday
condemning the recent spate of killings believed that there is every
possibility that the murders were committed by a group opposed to
the islamic system of government in iran.
despite the main objective of wanting to create panic within a
certain group in the society and to convince the nation that internal
security has broken down, these murderers failed in their attempts to
make the people believe that security authorities are incapable of
protecting them against such campaings of terror.
that the modus operandi of these criminals is primitive, proves
the fact that they neither had the imagination, innovation nor access
to sophisticated tools of terror, noted the paper adding that some
tentative conclusions have been reached, based on these assumptions.
if the case proves to be true that the extremist domestic group
desire to destabilize internal security, discredit president khatami's
administration and portray iran in a negative light in the
international arena, then the reason for the group's discontent must
be identified and dealt with accordingly, emphasized the article.
however, there is precedence in the country's contemporary history
where enemies of the state assassinated members of groups opposed to
the administration in order to create havoc internally and attract
foreign smypathy for themselves, noted the paper citing the best
example of the murder of mohammad masood, managing editor of marde
emrooz weekly, by the soviet-trained and financed tudeh party in the
with this murder, the tudeh party removed a journalist who
constantly wrote articles against the party and also managed to put
the blame on the shah's secret service.
ten years after the incident, khosrow roozbeh of the military
wing of the party confessed to the crime and emphasized that blaming
the government for the murder was a major consideration in tudeh's
plans, pointed out the paper.
perhaps the tactic, still favored by certain extremist political
groups in iran indicates that the group has taken a lesson from the
history of political murders in this country, concluded the paper.
::irna 15/12/98 11:06


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