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Topics of the day:

1. German's lawyer fears his own safety
2. No legal barriers to political activities, demonstrations
3. Some important news

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Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 18:35:36 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <aalavi0@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: German's lawyer fears his own safety

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German's Iranian Lawyer Refuses Appeal Report

Reuters 07-FEB-98

BONN, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The Iranian lawyer of a Hamburg
businessman condemned to death in Tehran has refused to
appeal against the sentence because of pressure from
Islamic hardliners, a German newspaper reported on
Saturday.

The Berliner Morgenpost, citing German security sources,
said Helmut Hofer's lawyer had been put under such pressure
that he was worried about his own safety and that of his
family.

The German Foreign Ministry declined to comment on details
of the report but said Hofer, who was found guilty last
month of having sex out of wedlock with a Moslem woman,
would lodge an appeal against his conviction before it
became legally binding.

``In the interests of the person concerned here, we would
decline to comment on any specific details,'' a spokesman
said.

The newspaper said the threats were believed to come from
``radical forces'' hoping to torpedo the moderate course
adopted by the new Iranian government under President
Mohammad Khatami, who was elected last May.

It said German officials were considering engaging a new
lawyer trusted by the German embassy in Tehran.

Under Iran's Islamic laws, a non-Moslem man having sex with
a Moslem woman outside of wedlock faces the death penalty.

But the Berliner Morgenpost said the 56-year-old
businessman's relationship with the the woman, who it said
was a 26-year-old student, had consisted of only a few
caresses. It said Hofer was himself a Moslem.

Relations between Bonn and Tehran were plunged into crisis
last April, when a German court ruled that Iranian leaders
had ordered the 1992 murder of Kurdish dissidents in
Berlin. But ties had been improving over the past few
months.

Before the April crisis, Bonn was one of the strongest
advocates of the European Union's policy of critical
dialogue with Tehran -- a stance viewed with suspicion in
Washington, which favours complete international isolation
of Iran. REUTERS@ Reut12:01 02-07-98 SLUG: BC-GERMANY-IRAN

Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited.All rights reserved.

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Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 18:51:19 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <aalavi0@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: No legal barriers to political activities, demonstrations

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open political tribunals to be established: official says

tehran, feb. 7, irna -- the interior ministry has called
upon the majlis and the judiciary to take steps for the
establishment of political courts in the country, said the
interior minister's deputy for social-political affairs.

in an interview with 'tehran times' published today,
mostafa tajzadeh added that the political courts will be
copened in the near future with participations of the jury.

parallel with the growth of political parties, the system
of scrutiny should also develop to prevent physical and
violent conflicts, stressed tajzadeh.

''pinpointing the non-existence of legal barriers for the
activities of the parties in the country, tajzadeh said
that the publishers of the newly-started 'jameh' newspaper
have called for a permit to form a party named as
'religious intellectual' coalition, which will be given
accordingly.''

the kargozaran-e-sazandegi also intends to form a party, he
said adding that other parties to be established are on the
agenda as well.

as for concern of some misconceptions within the iranian
community on political parties, he said ''with the changes
within the society and further promotion of liberty and
political security, the inclination of the public to the
political activities within the framework of the parties
and groups have been enhanced.''

referring to the most significant developments in the
interior ministry following the appointment of president
khatami, tajzadeh said that the ministry is not only
concerned with the provision of security, but also the
political development and inflow of ideas from the people.

he also stressed on his ministry's respect for public legal
rights and activities, adding that there is no ban on
demonstrations and they are supported under the framework
of law.

the official also added that khatami's cabinet is confident
and fearless, so it recognizes its clout to be criticized,
within the framework of political scrutiny.

pointing to some of the recent events in the country, he
said that the ministry is serious in its confrontation with
the offenders. he expressed his opposition to any kind of
censorship and illegal punishments, unless it has a
security risk, he concluded.
::irna 07/02/98 13:14

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[There are some incomplete sentences in this report]

Tehran Times
February 7, 1998

Open Political Tribunals to Be Established

TEHRAN Interior Minister's Deputy for Socio-Political
Affairs, Seyed Mostafa Tajzadeh, in an interview with the
Tehran Times delineated some of the most significant
domestic political issues. Referring to the necessity of
the parties' activities in the political arena, he
mentioned that the Interior Ministry has called upon the
Majlis and the Judiciary to take measures for the
establishment of the political courts in the country. The
official further said that the political courts will be
opened in near future with the participation of the jury.
In article 168 of the constitution, the reiteration on the
establishment of the political courts is rather evident,
and according to the article 19 of the parties' Act, the
Judiciary is obliged to prepare the draft of the court to
be ratified by the Maj Tajzadeh stressed that parallel with
the growth of political parties, the system of scrutiny
should develop as well, to prevent physical and violent
conflicts. Pinpointing the non-existence of legal barriers
for the activities of the parties in the country, Tajzadeh
said that the publishers of the newly started Jameh'
newspaper have called for a permit to form a party named as
'Religious Intellectuals' Coaliti Also, the
Kargozaran-e-Sazandegi intend to form a party. Other
parties to be established are on the agenda as well. Being
concerned of some misconceptions within the Iranian
community on the political parties, Tajzadeh said that with
the changes within the society and further promotion of
liberty and political security, the inclination of the
public to the political Referring to the holding of the
Assembly of Experts' election in Shahrivar 1377, he said
that the current Assembly of Experts will end its work in
near future. He stated that the provinces with one million
population added to them within the last ten years, and the
newly constituted provinces will send one additional
representative each to the Assembly of Experts, hence, the
number of representatives will reac Referring to the most
significant developments in the Interior Ministry following
the appointment of President Khatami, Tajzadeh said that
the Interior Ministry is not solely concerned with the
provision of the security, but the political development
and Mentioning the government's outlines, the official said
his ministry respects the public legal rights, such as
demonstrations and activities. There is no ban on them and
they are being supported under the framework of law. The
official further stated that Khatami's cabinet is confident
and fearless, so it recognizes its clout to be criticized,
within the framework of political scrutiny. Meanwhile, he
said, the political security strengthens other facets of
security too. He said the pressure groups are not a
negative aspect, and fundamentally, the formation of them
is unavoidable. However all political parties must follow
the laws. Pointing some of the recent events in the
country, Tajzadeh said that the Interior Ministry is
serious in its confrontation with the offenders. He
expressed his opposition to any kind of censorship and
illegal punishments, unless it has a security risk.

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Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 01:31:52 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Some important news

1) On Friday Feb 6th, I was informed by the relatives of a victim that a
Muslem-born Christian was arrested with three friends in Iran three months
ago. They were forced to have frequent cold showers for several days which
caused one of them to become ill. Then, the victim was told that he needed
to receive medication and was given an injection. After a while the were
released and the victim went to a doctor to find that he was injected with a
carcinogenic substance. The fact was discovered during an X-Ray of his
chest. As a result the victim has developed blood cancer. The victim belongs
to a Protestant Church and a prayer service was held for him on Friday in
London.

2) The death sentence on Mr Firuzi was confirmed today by the Supreme Court
of Iran. In contrast to the information provided by the IRI media, he was
accused of spying for the USA. He had a trip to Russia and while there he
paid a visit to the USA Embassy in Moscow. He was photographed by Russian
intelligence Services and the photograph was handed to Nateq Nuri. After
Firuzi's return to Iran, he was allowed to wander freely for a week before
being arrested.

3) Ayatullah Khamneyi sent Imam Jamarani as a delegate to visit Ayatullah
Odhma Montazeri suggesting that the authorities are ready to pay
compensation for any damage caused by Khamneyi's supporters a few weeks ago.
Ayatullah Montazeri told Imam Jamarani that "These days Khamneyi's expenses
are too high and if he needs some help I would be pleased to send him a
donation." Imam Jamarani consulted Khatami on the subject, and Khatami asked
Jamarani to pass Montazeri's response directly to Khamneyi.

4 ) The meeting of Experts' Council took place in Mashhad, because the
government was afraid of the clerics in Qom. The majority of the clerics in
Qom oppose Khamneyi. In the meeting, two proposals were put forward. The
first was excluding Ayatullah Azari Qomi from the Council. The second was
to direct the Khums (a religious tax) to Vali-e-Faqi rather than Marja's.
Both proposals were rejected with more than 70 percent opposition.

5) MKO's "Ashura" to commemorate the martyrdom of Kheyabani and Ashraf was
held in University of London Union College on Sunday Feb 8th, 17:00 to
20:00. More than 200 people attended the meeting. Masud Rajavi's call "
Those who can carry weapons should immediately join the final battle against
the IRI on the Iran-Iraq border" was announced. The speaker stated that
those living outside Iran haveno excuse not to join because they have no
exit or visa problem. I had friendly talks with some of MKO and NCRI members
about the justification of the armed struggle. As a positive response, I
subscribed to Mojahed weekly (30:00 pounds for six months). I chose six
months rather than 12 months, because I felt that NCRI is going to overthrow
the IRI before the end of my subscription.

6) ACI three-day seminar (Women, Youth, the Revolution of1357) was held in
SOAS (London University) from Feb 6th to Feb 8th. The seminar attracted
about 150 people and the prominent speakers were Dr Asghar Abdi, Dr Hossein
Lajvardi, Mostafa Madani, Nurizadeh, Dr Soheila Saleh, Mrs Ruhi Shafi'i, Dr
Shahin Fatemi, Dr Jamal Athari, Mr Mahmud Orujeyan, Mr Arman Rushdi, Mr Amir
Mambeini, Mrs Farkhondeh Modares, Mr Heshmat Ra'isi, Mrs Hayede Ravesh, Miss
Rudabeh Shafi'i, Dr Farshid Akbaryan, Mr Parviz Dastmalchi, and Tofiq
Qolizadeh. The cost of the meeting was over 1000 pounds and the income was
less than 600 pounds including 45 pounds of ACI books sold. According to
Nurizadeh, Velayat-e-Faqih will be abolished before the year 2000. He
promised!!! Dr Lajevardi said, "I do not want any revolution." Madani
said, "But if the IRI wanted one, then what could the people do to avoid
making the clerics' wish come true." Madani added that "People never want to
revolt, they are forced by dictators to revolt as the only alternative".

The meeting was covered by the VOA, Radio Israel, BBC, Iran press and some
other media.
Asghar

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