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There are 3 messages totalling 228 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Papers report pro-Montazari demo in Najafabad
2. some news
3. One American life = 550 Iranian lives

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 08:19:52 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Re: Papers report pro-Montazari demo in Najafabad

Farda Newspaper
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From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
To: DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG
Subject: Re: Papers report pro-Montazari demo in Najafabad
Date: Wed, Mar 11, 1998, 8:45 am


Does anyone know which domestic newspapers BBC's report refered to?

mehdi


On Mon, 9 Mar 1998, Arash Alavi wrote:

> Monday, March 9, 1998 Published at 15:54 GMT
>
> BBC
> Despatches
>
>
> Demonstrators support Iranain dissident
>
>
> Supporters of a senior Iranian dissident cleric, Ayatollah
> Hussain Ali Montazari, have demonstrated in his home town
> to protest against the authorities continued decision to
> place him under house arrest. Two Iranian newspapers
> reported that the bazaar in the central town of Najafabad
> was closed at the weekend and the Ayatollah's followers
> staged a sit-in to call on the government to lift
> restrictions on him. Ayatollah Montazari has been under
> house arrest since last November when he publicly
> challenged the former Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah
> Khomeini. The BBC's Iranian affairs reporter, Sadeq Saba:
>
> Iranian newspapers report that the supporters of Ayatollah
> Montazari closed down the town centre in Najafabad
> completely in protest against restrictions on him.
> Ayatollah Montazari, who was once a designated successor to
> the late Ayatollah Khomeini, is one of the most senior
> religious leaders in Iran with a wide following among
> believers. One of his followers told newspapers that the
> demonstration was kept peaceful only to give a warning to
> the authorities. If our demands are ignored, he warned,
> protests would continue.
>
> Ayatollah Montazari was sacked eight years ago for
> criticising the excesses of the Islamic regime. Last
> November, he questioned the authority of the Iranian
> supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and supported the
> relatively moderate President Khatami in his efforts to
> introduce reforms.
>
> Later his home and office in the holy city of Qom was
> attacked by Islamic militants and Ayatollah Khamenei
> accused him of treason. It appears that there is a
> disagreement among Iranian authorities over how to deal
> with Ayatollah Montazari.
>
> The conservative-dominated judiciary increased pressure on
> him by ordering the freezing of all his bank accounts last
> month. But President Khatami has recently sent a
> representative to Qom to examine ways in which restrictions
> on Ayatollah Montazari could be lifted. The demonstration
> in Najafabad and its possible repercussions will put more
> pressure on the authorities to lift restrictions on
> Ayatollah Montazari.
>
>
>
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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 19:43:40 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: some news

According to Radio Israel, Daftar-e-Tahkim boycotted the election and
Sazeman-e-Mojahedin Enqelab Islami decided not to support any individual
during the election.
According to the IRI media, Kargozaran are not going to support anyone.
According to the BBC, Mohajeni's speech in Qom was attacked by his
opponents.
According to Hamshahri, one of the Shahrdari's staff was fined several
billion tomans, and sentenced to a few hundred lashes. Just a few, of
course!
According to Radio Israel, Simin Behbahani described the situation of women
in Iran as very bad.
According to the BBC, today there was a great gathering in Tehran for the
memory
of one of the authors.
According to Asghar Abdi, a few scholarship holding students in Europe
(known as Ettehadieh Anjomanhaye Islami dar erupa) have banned other Muslim
Iranians from establishing an independent Islamic Association. They promised
to pass the information about any independent Islamic association to the
British Authorities via Student Unions. The members of the Ettehadieh
Anjomanhaye Islami dar erupa Ettehadieh Anjomanhaye Islami dar erupa" wish
to control all the activities of the Muslim Iranian Students in Europe by
themselves. It seems that being "at the top" is a very interesting job. You
are paid by both Ayatullah Khamneyi and British Intelligence Services. For
more detail see Ettela'at International. The only crime of the independent
Islamic Association of students- SOAS was "inviting Dr Abdulkarim Soroush".
Those who are affiliated to Dr Soroush are hated by British and the IRI
authorities as well as by Dr Soroush himself (I am guessing of course).

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 14:43:34 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: One American life = 550 Iranian lives

Judge Awards $247.5 Million in Iranian Funds to Terror
Victim's Family


AP 11-MAR-98


WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge ordered Iran today to pay
$247.5 million in damages to the family of an American
woman who was killed in a suicide bombing in Gaza in 1995.

"The court is seeking to deter further terrorist actions by
its action today," said U.S. District Court Judge Royce
Lamberth.

The victim, Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old student from West
Orange, N.J., was attending a Jerusalem seminary when she
was killed along with seven Israeli soldiers on April 9,
1995. A suicide bomber drove a van into their bus in Gaza
and blew it up.

Today's ruling is believed to be the first time U.S.
citizens were awarded punitive damages against a foreign
nation accused of sponsoring terrorism. The decision leaves
unanswered how much the Flatow family ultimately will
receive.

The order comes at a time of a possible warming between
Iran and the United States following the election of a
moderate cleric last year to head Iran's Islam-based
government. President Clinton greeted Mohammad Khatami's
election as a "hopeful sign" but demanded that Khatami
renounce terrorism as a government policy and endorse the
Israeli-Arab peace process.

The United States froze Iranian assets valued at $12
billion in 1979 after the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza
Pahlavi and the taking of U.S. hostages.

A law passed last year allows Americans to file suit in
U.S. courts against another government's officials for
damages from terrorism.

Stephen Perles, a lawyer representing Stephen Flatow,
Alisa's father, said the money could either come from the
frozen funds or from Iranian assets in other nations that
recognize the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.

The plaintiffs "are legally entitled to seize those assets
in any country which will honor the judgment of U.S.
courts," Perles said.

During a hearing early this month, lawyers for the Flatows
argued that Islamic Jihad the group blamed for the attack
was financed by the Iranian government. That, they said,
makes Tehran responsible for her death.

No Iranian representatives were present at the hearings
although they had been notified, Lamberth said.

Iran has in the past dismissed claims that it had any
connections to terrorist groups or attacks. Its mission to
the United Nations in New York previously said it was not
aware of the Flatow case.

In Jerusalem, David Bar-Illan, a senior aide to Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, described the ruling
as "a very, very important precedent that places the
responsibility on terror-sponsoring nations for the actions
carried out by their proxies."

"Terrorist acts against American citizens will cause some
pain back in the country that sponsors that kind of
terrorism," Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said today. "No
nation can pick on American citizens ... without our
country responding in some lawful but direct way."

Lamberth said he awarded the family $225 million in
punitive damages "to deter further terrorist attacks
against Americans who happen to be in Israel." The award
also included $20 million as compensation to the Flatow
family for the loss of Alisa and the rest as compensation
for her pain and suffering.

Similar lawsuits are pending against the Libyan government,
its intelligence agency and two of its intelligence
officers as a result of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight
103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In 1996, the United States agreed to pay $131.8 million in
a settlement to families of Iranians killed aboard an Iran
Air jet shot down by the U.S. Navy in 1988. All 290 people
aboard that flight were killed.

Copyright 1998& The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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