Date: Apr 18, 1998 [ 0: 0: 0]

Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 16 Apr 1998 to 17 Apr 1998

From: Automatic digest processor


Return-Path: <owner-DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>
Delivered-To: farhad@ALGONET.SE
Received: (qmail 4604 invoked from network); 18 Apr 1998 09:00:04 +0200
Received: from simorgh.gpg.com (205.158.6.22)
by hromeo.algonet.se with SMTP; 18 Apr 1998 09:00:04 +0200
Received: from simorgh (simorgh [205.158.6.22])
by simorgh.gpg.com (8.8.6/8.8.6) with ESMTP id AAA05023;
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 00:00:00 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199804180700.AAA05023@simorgh.gpg.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 00:00:00 -0700
Reply-To: DNI news list <DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>
Sender: DNI news list <DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>
From: Automatic digest processor <D-N-I@D-N-I.ORG>
Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 16 Apr 1998 to 17 Apr 1998
To: Recipients of DNI-NEWS digests <DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG>

There are 9 messages totalling 517 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Tantawi says Muslims should respect French ban on veil (fwd)
2. et. int.: Tehran mayor released upon Leaders decree
3. Stoning in Open Air or Restricted Area
4. kar va kargar
5. April 14 demonstration and the arrest of students
6. Attention all AOL members
7. Rafsanjani: People are pessimistic about IRI
8. People should excercise free speech without fear - Minister
9. Shame on Khatami, Abdullah Nuri, Mohajerani, daftar-e- tahkim-e-Vahdat and
other Khat-e-Imamies

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 19:22:47 +1000
From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
Subject: Tantawi says Muslims should respect French ban on veil (fwd)

Any thoughts?


CAIRO, April 13: Muslim girls living in France should respect the ban on
wearing the veil in French schools, Egypt's highest religious authority
ruled on Monday.

"It is (France's) right" to impose the ban if it judges the veil is
"contrary to its traditions," the Imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar University,
Sheikh Mohammad Sayed Tantawi, told French Interior Minister Jean Pierre
Chevenement.

"Muslims, who have a duty to obey the laws of the countries where they
live, have a choice between compliance or leaving the country,"
Sheikh Tantawi said.

The visiting French minister had asked the Imam's advice on Paris's
treatment of its Muslim population of around four million. AFP's
correspondent was allowed to sit in during the meeting.

A bitter controversy broke out in France in the early 1990s after
several young Muslim girls were sent home from school for insisting
on wearing the veil in defiance of French laws enforcing secular
education.

"The advice I give to any Muslim is to respect the laws of the state
as long as they do not contravene the fundamentals of religion,"
Sheikh Tantawi said.

"Compliance is permissible if they contravene secondary elements
of religion."

He said the wearing of the veil was "one of the fundamental elements
of Islam" but added that "what is important above all for our
religion is for Muslim women to dress modestly."

He said the French state had no right to ban Muslim women from
wearing the veil in the street, a view backed by Chevenement.-AFP

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 12:02:32 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: et. int.: Tehran mayor released upon Leaders decree

TEHRAN - Tehranís Mayor Gholamhossein Kar-baschi released on Wednes-day
upon orders by the Lead-er of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei fol-lowing a request from Pres-ident Mohammad Khatami.

The district court of Teh-ran in a statement on the re-lease of the
mayor, said that "at the request of the Pres-ident of the Islamic
Republic of Iran Mohammad Khatami to the Leader of the Islamic
Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the release of the mayor of Tehran,
the Leader issued a decree to the judiciary head instructing that branch
of government to re-lease the mayor on basis of surety for the bail,"
IRNA re-ported. The communique also added "the Leader of the Is-lamic
Revolution has in-structed that the case be pur-sued in an atmosphere
free from any tension and ac-cording to the laws governing the nation."

In an exclusive interview with IRNA immediately after his release,
Karbaschi said, "sometimes such problems do occur in our country and
that the problems will be resolved by the Grace of God."

Karbaschi, who received a warm welcome from people in front of his
house, said that he did not deserve such a great treatment and that
these people who had gathered in front of his house were not his fans
but dedicated people who recognized services ren-dered for the
reconstruction of Iran.

However, Karbaschi pointed out that it is possible that when it comes to
the question of responsibility and decision-making, based on circulars
in relations to the expenditures on the planning for the capital, there
exists the possibility of a flaw. But, he once more stressed, no form of
embazzlement or mis-appropriation of public funds has taken place.

The mayor of Tehran also indicated that during his cross examination at
the district court of Tehran no new issues were discussed and the items
of cross examination were the same as the ones discussed during the
trial of Mr. Qob-beh. Karbaschi once again re-iterated that "whatever
mis-fortune befalls on me, it real-ly matters not as long as it
strengthens the bases of the Islamic Revolution."

"However, I think there may be better ways of settling the issues and I
pray to God that these proplems are even-tually thoroughly scrutinized
with the show of patience and perseverance," he was quoted as sayingi.

Tehranís mayor greeting the good wishing crowd who were shouting slogans
said "letís address our slogans for the nation and the sovereign Islamic
Republic of Iran." Karbaschi said that he was informed ten minutes
be-fore his release that he was going to be set free from the jail.

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 11:38:18 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Stoning in Open Air or Restricted Area

BRIEF ON IRAN
No. 880
Thursday, April 16, 1998
Representative Office of
The National Council of Resistance of Iran
Washington, DC
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Justice, Mullahs' Style: Stoning in Open Air or Restricted Area?,
Pro-Government Daily Ressalat, April 9

In response to a question raised by the correspondent of Farda daily on why
the Minister had failed to defend the Islamic punishment of stoning in his
Paris interviews, Ata'ollah Mohajerani [government spokesman and Minister of
Guidance] said: "There is no doubt that we must all defend the Islamic
decrees... As for stoning, there is a Quranic verse that says a group of
faithful must be witness to it. In this regard there is a debate whether
stoning should take place in full public view or whether it could be carried
out in the presence of a limited number of faithfuls in a restricted area."

The Minister of Islamic Guidance pointed out: "We should keep the interests
of our country in mind in an open atmosphere of international public
relations. Would it be in our interest if an act of stoning is filmed and
broadcast abroad? If not, we should consider carrying out the verdict in
front of a small crowd of the believers in order to forestall public
backlash."


Mullahs' Reaction to UN Criticism on Executions and Stoning, Iran Zamin News
Agency, April 14

Following a UN report, on April 8, denouncing the severe violations of human
right by the mullahs' regime, various officials reacted to the news in their
usual manner of disregard:

Jam-e Jam TV (State run satellite television network), on April 10, quoted
the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as describing the report
by the UNHRC as being contrary to the realities of the Islamic Republic.
Mohammadi stipulated that the report by the Representative of the U.N. Human
Rights Commission had ignored the Islamic rights system, and the
socio-cultural structure of Islamic societies.

Tehran radio, on April 13, broadcaster the comments of the spokesman for the
Judiciary Branch on the latest report by the UN Special Representative. He
said that the mullahs' government expected that the report instead of being
influenced by the policies of the Arrogance and Zionism, the Special
Representative would have better pay attention to the realities of the
Iranian society.


Pro-Montazeri Deputy Re-arrested, Jame'eh Daily, April 9

Hojjat-ol Islam Gholam Hossein Nadi, who had been arrested last November 22,
and subsequently released temporarily on bail, was re-arrested on April 5,
and condemned to 30 months in prison. He is presently in jail. Nadi was the
deputy from Najafabad for two terms in the Majlis. He is known for his
activities in favor of Montazeri.

[Mr. Montazeri was picked by Khomeini as his successor. However, Khomeini
unseated Mr. Montazeri, after he send an open letter to Khomeini, objecting
to savage torture and the number of executions of Mojahedin members by the
government.]


Iran Releases Jailed Tehran Mayor After Row, Reuter, April 15

TEHRAN - Iran on Wednesday released Tehran's mayor, whose arrest on graft
charges had sparked protests and a high-level row.

Iran's state television said Gholamhossein Karbaschi had been freed at the
order of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

On Tuesday, the dispute spilled into the streets of Tehran when police in
riot gear clashed with students demanding the release of the mayor and
arrested several of them. More scuffles broke out after hardline militants
disrupted a meeting held in support of the mayor at the Interior Ministry.

In an apparent example of the tension, Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance
Minister Ataollah Mohajerani protested against police raids on two
pro-Karbaschi newspapers.

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 09:05:44 -0400
From: kayhana@ALTAVISTA.NET
Subject: kar va kargar

Mo,

keep up the good job.

1- No one on the dni list has the right to tell you (even for the thousand time....) to "take your great political ideas to another forum and ...
No sir. This is "internet" and not your ordinary jurisdiction.
The reader that responded to you could not hide his true feelings toward democracy and asked you to leave them alone to read whatever pleases them. This is outrageous.

This supposed to be a free and democratic forum and subscribers should be willing to listen (with respect) to others. I as one read almost all the nonsense that originates from a certain individual on this list and has never asked that this hard working person stop polluting and spamming this list. It is a pity that this list has become a tribune for (SOME??) individuals that have a very narrow perspective of democracy in Iran.

Perhaps you should not let those individulas (that try hard to conseal their affiliations and their true ideas) to dominate this forum. You should post messages from the very groups and individuals that angers them. Make them reveal their brand of democracy. We need to know.

2- It is very unethical on the part of another outraged respondent to you that he jokes(not funny a bit):

"If your intelligent insight renders the current developments in Iran as a circus game, then open your eyes to see that at least that circus has an audience wheras the sounds and nioses you make in this solo performing circus of yours does not even have an audience (except for me who finds you bemusing). If all you can say about Karbaschi is the look of his beard, then you shouldnt be upset if some one-dimensionals like yourself judge you by your style and appearance if you know what I mean. For your own health, wake up and apply yourself."

Despite intimidation tactics and uninteresting jokes, you need to continue speaking your mind freely unless DNI tells you that the contents of your mail should be "filtered", "biased", "from both sides of the mouth" and such.

It may well be what one individual said " take your great political ideas to another forum..." if it turns out that your definition of democracy is different from the majority of the people on the dni list and this is not a democratic forum after all.

thanks

aryan

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 15:25:50 EDT
From: KPGBT <KPGBT@AOL.COM>
Subject: April 14 demonstration and the arrest of students

SalAm,

According to the Jebhe Melli Iran in the USA, several demonstrating students
have been arrested on the April 14 demonstrations in Iran. That organization
has called for unconditional and immediate release of these students.
Apparently some of them were beaten up as well.

I think there is a need for some action if the arrests continue. I am sure
that the
student organizations will take some actions, but there is a need for strong
solidarity with the students spcially since they are not as influential as the
Mayor himself and the fact that they protested despite Daftar Tahkime Vahdat's
call not to demonstrate.

regards

Kourosh

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 21:52:24 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Attention all AOL members

Hi,
Sorry for sending this to both dni-news and dni-disc, but I am receiving
more than 10 e-mails from our list because of problems with our members who
have AOL address.

It seems that AOL has a very limited e-mail qouta and when this is full, it
rejects all new mails by sending an e-mail to the sender and in our case to
our mailing list, and as the list administrator, I receive these emails for
each and every post to dni-disc and dni-news.

PLEASE, check your mailbox more ofthen, and if you are planning to take a
vacasion or can not check your mailbox for a while, please tell me so I
unsubscribe you for that period, otherwise I have to remove your name
without being able to inform you (since my e-mails also rejects by AOL
server), or check with the company if you can increase the quota instead.'

With regards,

Farhad A.

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 15:43:50 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Rafsanjani: People are pessimistic about IRI

thr 008
prayers-rafsanjani
ayat. rafsanjani says recent rows were caused by foreign enemies
tehran, april 17, irna -- provisional friday prayers leader of tehran
ayatollah akbar hashemi rafsanjani said here on friday that recent
differences in "the family of revolution" was the result of
conspiracies hatched by foreign enemies and mysterious domestic
individuals.
ayatollah rafsanjani, who was addressing multitutdes of friday
prayers worshippers at tehran university campus one day after the
feast of eid-ul-ghadir (the day when prophet mohammad (sawa)
declared his cousin hazrat ali ibn abitalib (as) as the first imam of
muslims), called on the public to be alert to the danger of the
enemies who have a covetous eye on the country's independence.
the expediency council chairman said that the recent differences
which errupted over the past couple of months in the society and the
press is a bitter experience.
he said that he is neither trying to focus on the reasons or
factors behind such rows nor intending to accuse or support anybody in
these events which have occured inside the family of revolution. he
called on the press to make every effort to keep social atmosphere
calm and tranquil.
he further called on the press to pay more attention to the
dignity of persons and consider it as an important principle.
certain media and institutions have unfortunately acted
wrecklessly and discredited some people, regretted rafsanjani, adding:
"if the charges prove to be wrong, who is to answer? who is to absorb
the many people, including the youth, who have become pessimistic
towards the revolution by the nation that there is widespread
corruption in the country? " that's right to introduce the convict
who has been proved to be guilty but there has been a little a bit
exaggeration, said rafsanjani, adding that some papers publish such
things to attract readers.
he warned that iranian revolutionary directors, who are unique
worldwide, are subject to a historical injustice. "where on earth one
can find a director who had a role in revolution, spent years of his
life in prisons before islamic revolution and in battle fronts during
the eight-year-long iraqi imposed war (1980-88) and rendered many
services during the construction era", ayatollah rafsanjani argued.
the thought which claims that there are corruption in iran has its
roots outside the country, said rafsanjani, adding that foreigners are
at work to make the youth turn away in order to say that corruption
has surged in iran under the government of religion and velayat. "this
is a big injustice towards the system," stressed the iranian
official.
he called directors of the post-revolution era as men of
jihad who are engaged in independence seeking efforts, adding that as
many as 13 centers, including the information ministry, auditory
council and presidential office, are suprvising directors' functions
and undesirable elements, if any, would be tried and punished.
he said that no one but enemies of islam, who have a covetous
eye on the country's independence, would benefit from weakening of
the country's management or the judiciary power.
he lauded supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali
khamenei for his order on the recent issue, and said: "if leadership
had not intervened, we should have expected other consequences.
"we must respect the law by obeying the leader and treat the
enemy in such a way that he does not have any covetous eye on the
revolution or any desire to weaken it," stated rafsanjani.
elsewhere in his remarks, he expressed regret over recent quakes
in birjand and golbaf (khorasan province).
he also praised the iranian armed forces on the occasion of the
army day for their brave efforts during the imposed war and in the
course of the country's reconstruction. he said the war proved that
iran's independence and global importance depend on the forces who
are regarded as great assets for maintaining the security of
the country.
bg/hm
end
::irna 17/04/98 17:36

-----== Posted via Deja News, The Leader in Internet Discussion ==-----
http://www.dejanews.com/ Now offering spam-free web-based newsreading

------------------------------

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 15:45:12 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: People should excercise free speech without fear - Minister

thr 001
tajzadeh-free speech
deputy minister: iranian people are free to express opinion
bushehr, hormozgan prov., april 17, irna -- deputy minister of the
interior for political affairs mostafa tajzadeh said at a gathering
of local people here thursday that no one in an islamic society should
fear the expression of his own opinion.
he said mr khatami's administration duly appreciates the value of
the youth of iran and said that the islamic revolution has created the
basics necessary for the positive involvement of the youth in the
administration of the affairs of the state, and its stability.
the interior ministry official also said that workers associations
and unions are among the most important bodies that can contribute to
the stability of administrations in iran.
hr/hm
end
::irna 17/04/98 00:54




-----== Posted via Deja News, The Leader in Internet Discussion ==-----
http://www.dejanews.com/ Now offering spam-free web-based newsreading

------------------------------

Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 00:40:54 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Shame on Khatami, Abdullah Nuri, Mohajerani,
daftar-e- tahkim-e-Vahdat and other Khat-e-Imamies

> THIS MESSAGE IS IN MIME FORMAT. Since your mail reader does not understand
this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.

--MS_Mac_OE_2975704854_1848350_MIME_Part
Content-type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1"
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit

Adel, an Iranian boy (21), and Sonaz, an Iranian girl (16), were sentenced
to be flogged (50 lashes each) on Tuesday, April 14th 1998 by a judge in
Tabriz. The couple were thinking about getting married and the girl had
written
several love letters to Adel expressing her interest in him. Adel is from a
poor family, but Sonaz is from a rich family. Sonaz had explained her wish
to her parents but she was refused the right to have any relationship with
the
boy. Sonaz had no choice but to talk to Adel's mother. Adel's mother had no
solution to offer. Sonaz suggested leaving her family for Adel, but Adel's
mother opposed the idea and asked Sonaz to get her parents' permission.

After the girl and boy had left Adel's mother, the couple were
arrested by "Amr be Ma'ruf and Nahy az Monkar forces". They were taken to
the "Comite" and were released on bail. Apparently, Sonaz was beaten by her
parents after being freed from "Comite" detention, for bringing shame on the
family. Later, Sonaz was reported missing by her parents.

Police arrested Adel and Sonaz again on Saturday, April 11th, 1998, and
released them on Sunday. On Monday, they were tried by a judge in the
absence of any lawyer. They were sentenced to 50 lashes of flogging each and
were released on Tuesday after being flogged.

The President of the IRI and his Interior Minister have neither heard about
the couple nor will they hear my appeal on their behalf. Khatami,
Mohajerani, Abdullah Nuri and other clerics and their puppets care about
Karbaschi's rights. Only Karbaschi needed a lawyer, and only he had the
right to be tried publicly in the presence of his lawyer.

Shame on Khatami, Abdullah Nuri, Mohajerani, daftar-e- tahkim-e-Vahdat, and
other Khat-e-Imam Iranians who call themselves human but fail to oppose the
barbaric instructions of Imam-ol-Shayatin Ruhollah Khomeini or the barbaric
Penal code of the IRI.

Shame on the IRI authorities who rest easy in spite of hearing the painful
story of this young couple and refuse to go to the houses of the couple to
apologise for their incompetence in saving innocent Iranians from the
barbaric followers of Imam Khomeini and Ayatullah Khamneyi.

Regards,

Asghar


--MS_Mac_OE_2975704854_1848350_MIME_Part
Content-type: text/html; charset="ISO-8859-1"
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Shame on Khatami, Abdullah Nuri, Mohajerani, daftar-e- tahkim-e-Vahd=
at and other Khat-e-Imamies</TITLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY BGCOLOR=3D"#FFFFFF">
<FONT SIZE=3D"1"><TT>Adel, an Iranian boy (21), and Sonaz, an Iranian girl (1=
6), were sentenced<BR>
to be flogged (50 lashes each) on Tuesday, April 14th 1998 by a judge in<BR=
>
Tabriz. The couple were thinking about getting married and the girl had wr=
itten<BR>
several love letters to Adel expressing her interest in him. Adel is from =
a<BR>
poor family, but Sonaz is from a rich family. Sonaz had explained her wish=
<BR>
to her parents but she was refused the right to have any relationship with =
the<BR>
boy. Sonaz had no choice but to talk to Adel's mother. Adel's mother had n=
o<BR>
solution to offer. Sonaz suggested leaving her family for Adel, but Adel's<=
BR>
mother opposed the idea and asked Sonaz to get her parents' permission. <BR=
>
<BR>
After the girl and boy had left Adel's mother, the couple were<BR>
arrested by "Amr be Ma'ruf and Nahy az Monkar forces". They were =
taken to<BR>
the "Comite" and were released on bail. Apparently, Sonaz was be=
aten by her<BR>
parents after being freed from "Comite" detention, for bringing s=
hame on the<BR>
family. Later, Sonaz was reported missing by her parents. <BR>
<BR>
Police arrested Adel and Sonaz again on Saturday, April 11th, 1998, and rel=
eased them on Sunday. On Monday, they were tried by a judge in the absence o=
f any lawyer. They were sentenced to 50 lashes of flogging each and were rel=
eased on Tuesday after being flogged. <BR>
<BR>
The President of the IRI and his Interior Minister have neither heard about=
the couple nor will they hear my appeal on their behalf. Khatami, Mohajer=
ani, Abdullah Nuri and other clerics and their puppets care about Karbaschi'=
s rights. Only Karbaschi needed a lawyer, and only he had the right to be t=
ried publicly in the presence of his lawyer. <BR>
<BR>
Shame on Khatami, Abdullah Nuri, Mohajerani, daftar-e- tahkim-e-Vahdat, and=
other Khat-e-Imam Iranians who call themselves human but fail to oppose the=
barbaric instructions of Imam-ol-Shayatin Ruhollah Khomeini or the barbaric=
Penal code of the IRI.<BR>
<BR>
Shame on the IRI authorities who rest easy in spite of hearing the painful =
story of this young couple and refuse to go to the houses of the couple to a=
pologise for their incompetence in saving innocent Iranians from the barbari=
c followers of Imam Khomeini and Ayatullah Khamneyi.<BR>
<BR>
Regards,<BR>
<BR>
Asghar<BR>
<BR>
</TT></FONT>
</BODY>
</HTML>

--MS_Mac_OE_2975704854_1848350_MIME_Part--

------------------------------

End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 16 Apr 1998 to 17 Apr 1998
***************************************************