DNI-NEWS Digest - 3 Jun 1998

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Firoozi, German to Get New Trials

Two Will Get New Trials in Iran

Wednesday, June 3, 1998; 4:43 p.m. EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian judges have ordered new trials for a German businessman and an Iranian journalist who were sentenced to death, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Helmut Hofer, a German businessman and non-Muslim, was convicted in January of having sex with a Muslim woman, a violation under Iranian law. Hofer contends that he converted to Islam before having sex with the woman, a 26-year-old Iranian medical student, state radio said. The retrial has already started.

Morteza Firoozi, an Iranian journalist, was convicted of espionage and adultery. Iran's Supreme Court said it had ``major objections'' to his conviction, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported, quoting the chief justice's spokesman, Ali Abbassifard. He did not elaborate.

The Bonn government has warned the Iranian leadership that German-Iranian relations will deteriorate if Hofer, 54, is executed. Germany is Iran's biggest trading partner in the European Union.

Firoozi, 40, is a former editor of the Iran News. He has been detained since May 1997.

c Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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