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There are 2 messages totalling 60 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Iran's Intelligence Minister Warns Supporters of Dissident Cleric
2. NCRI:Khamenei Turned Down Requests by Khatami, Rafsanjani To Release
Tehran's Mayor

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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 07:07:37 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran's Intelligence Minister Warns Supporters of Dissident Cleric

Agence France Presse, April 9

Iran's Intelligence Minister Qorban- Ali Dorrie Najaf-Abadi on Thursday
warned followers of dissident cleric Hossein-Ali Montazeri against
continuing their protests in his support. Najaf-Abadi told a public
meeting in the holy city of Qom, central Iran, that the National
Security Council (NSC), Iran's highest security and military decision-
making body, had "allowed the judiciary to take action against those who
seek in Montazeri's name to provoke public opinion and cause problems."
Montazeri has been under tight police surveillance and his case has been
handled by the NSC, headed by President Khatami, since November when he
criticized supreme leader Ali Khamenei for dominating political affairs.
The measures against him provoked anger among many clerics and
supporters of Montazeri, a former designated heir to Ruhollah Khomeini.
The bazaar in Najafabad, Montazeri's hometown, has gone on strike twice
in the past month to demand the restrictions on him be lifted.

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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 07:09:14 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: NCRI:Khamenei Turned Down Requests by Khatami,
Rafsanjani To Release Tehran's Mayor

Khamenei Turned Down Requests by Khatami, Rafsanjani To Release Tehran's
Mayor, Iran Zamin News Agency, April 9

The National Council of resistance of Iran issued a statement today
indicating that pursuant to the biggest public political feuding among
the mullahs, reports from within the clerical regime indicate that
Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, has turned down the requests by Hashemi
Rafsanjani, the regime's former President, and Mohammad Khatami, the
mullahs' new President, to release Gholam Hossein Karbastchi, Tehran's
mayor who is presently in detention.

Quoting the reports, NCR said Khamenei did not accept to take any public
position on Karbastchi's case and said every form of intervention, for
example to halt the proceedings, is not in the regime's interests and
will create more problems.

According to the statement, the clerical regime's officials acknowledge
that Karbastchi's arrest is one of the most serious crises for the
regime in the past ten years following the ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq
war and has created more turmoil in the already turbulent political
atmosphere in Iran.

The NCR added that the escalation of the power struggle among the
mullahs and the open confrontation among rival factions will seriously
weaken the regime and expedite its inevitable overthrow.

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