Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 14 Jan 1999

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1. Kasbdoust arrested

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 15:39:30 EST
From: KPGBT@AOL.COM
Subject: Kasbdoust arrested

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Khordad in its 'Freelance correspondent' reported that a
Tabriz-based clergyman and a member of Iran's Soroush-e-Bidari
Organization, Hassan Kasbdoust was arrested by the security
forces on January 9 and introduced to the special clergy court
for legal proceedings. The paper noted that Kasbdoust had
presumably delivered a speech in front of Tabriz' Saheb al-Zaman
Mosque on the occasion of the death of the Iranian scholar
Mohammad Taqi Zehtabi on January 1. Zehtabi was found dead in
Tabriz two weeks ago.

Zan in 'Not confidential' made a reference to the former district
mayors' detention during the tenure of former Tehran mayor
Gholamhussein Karbaschi and the critical remarks made by them
after their release from the performance of the judiciary for
mistreating them during their custody. The paper noted that the
district mayors have been asked to take back their complaint in
lieu of the ouster of the perpetrators' dismissal. Although no
confirmation has been given in this regard, but the mayors have
reportedly rejected the proposal.

Arya in 'You should better know' quoted a correspondent of the
Farsi-language daily Zan, Kamelia Entekhabi-Far as claiming that
she has a copy of the black list containing the names of the 179
intellectuals and is awaiting the permission of the paper's
managing editor for publishing. According to her, in addition to
the writers, including Mohammad Mohktari and Mohammad Jafar
Pouyandeh, the names of many other writers and university
professors can be seen in the list.

Qods in 'Special News' cited an Iraqi newspaper as reporting that
a hand-grenade went off in a house of a Najaf-based religious
scholar. According to al-Qadessiyeh the grenade exploded in
Hussein Shir Pakistani's residence and the scholar was injured as
a result. According to the latest reports, no one has far claimed
responsibility for the blast but three people were killed and
some others wounded.

Kar-o-Kargar in 'Read the unread' reported that the construction
project of a pipeline transferring Caspian Sea oil to the Tabriz
Refinery has been given to a consortium comprised of two Chinese
companies and an Iranian corporation. The Iranian company won the
tender and the Chinese companies became interested in the project
and joined the Iranian corporation within a consortium framework.
The reason for the Iranian company's winning the tender was its
offering the cheapest proposal. In addition to these three
companies, twelve other oil companies from Europe, Russia, South
Korea and Saudi Arabia also took part in the tender (worth $400
million). In the meantime, it is said that National Iranian Oil
Company has given a new proposal to the consortium. The proposal
indicates that after the project becomes operational, the crude
oil of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will be transferred to the
Tabriz and Tehran oil refineries and an equal amount of Persian
Gulf crude oil will be given to the customers of the same
companies.

Hamshahri in a commentary wrote that those people belonging to a
particular faction are afraid of their plots being made public
and have become infuriated over recent developments. The paper
noted that these are the same ones who did not cease creating
obstacles in the way of President Khatami's progress and now fear
that the chief executive, who uncovered their conspiracies, will
find out more about their misdeeds in the near future. It noted
that they were trying to gradually weaken the president and
nullify his role in bringing major changes to the country's
developments.

Sobh-e-Emrouz in an article regarding the performance of the
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in covering the
recent murders wrote that IRIB is again acting against the will
of the people and undermining their desire for finding out the
truth in this regard. The paper noted that they have actually
targeted the proponents of the May 23, 1997 presidential
elections and the president. According to the paper, the people
have not yet forgotten the attitude of IRIB during last year's
presidential campaign.

Khordad in its 'Freelance correspondent' reported that a
Tabriz-based clergyman and a member of Iran's Soroush-e-Bidari
Organization, Hassan Kasbdoust was arrested by the security
forces on January 9 and introduced to the special clergy court
for legal proceedings. The paper noted that Kasbdoust had
presumably delivered a speech in front of Tabriz' Saheb al-Zaman
Mosque on the occasion of the death of the Iranian scholar
Mohammad Taqi Zehtabi on January 1. Zehtabi was found dead in
Tabriz two weeks ago.


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 14 Jan 1999