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Topics of the day:

3. Latest News From Mr. Amir Entezam's Court
4. NEWS99 - CIA Issues Death Sentence Against Ocalan


Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 10:43:02 EST

February 10, 1999

The International Federation of Iranian Refugees Germany Branch
has summoned a three week sit-in as of February 1 in Bokum to
protest the German government’s plan to deport thousands back to
the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran. After years of uncertainty and fear,
many have been arrested and detained to await their forcible return to
persecution. They have reached the end of the line and are fighting for
their lives.

The German government knows the nightmare that awaits them very
well. After all, it has financed and supported the repression to maintain
a "stable" regime in order to ensure that business goes on as usual.
This plan to deport thousands is one more step forward in their wheeling
and dealings to increase profits. With this, the German government
not only endangers the lives of human beings worthy of dignity, it also
legitimizes a criminal regime. If the thousands of asylum seekers are
deported, it will be a huge political and human setback for modern
society. If the German government goes forward with its plan,
opponents of dictatorship and repression will not be safe anywhere in
the world. We must fight back. We must support and strengthen
the struggle of asylum seekers in Germany. Success in this endeavor
will be a success for all humanity.

Past successes against anti-refugee policies and practices reveal
the determination of a movement which will not allow the lives of human
beings to become tools for negotiations between governments. Your
solidarity will once again expose the indefensible and save lives. Send
your letters of protest to the German authorities
( and demand that the German
government: 1- End deportations to Iran; 2- Release all imprisoned
asylum seekers; 3- Re-open all closed casefiles; 4- Ban the distribution
of the Iranian embassy’s security forms to asylum seekers; and
5- Recognize the right to protection for Iranian asylum seekers.


J. Fischer, Foreign Minister
O. Schily, Minister of Interior
53113 Bonn

Dear Messrs. Fischer and Schily,

I am / my organization is outraged that the German government is planning
to deport thousands back to the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran. The German
government must address the legitimate demands of the 300 Iranian
asylum seekers participating in a sit-in in Bokum and:

1- End deportations to Iran;
2- Release all imprisoned asylum seekers;
3- Re-open all closed casefiles;
4- Ban the distribution of the Iranian embassy’s security forms to
asylum seekers; and
5- Recognize the right to protection for Iranian asylum seekers.

I / my organization await (s) your action in this life and death matter for
countless individuals who have fled the Islamic Republic of Iran.



CC: IFIR, GPO, PO Box 7051, New York, NY 10116. Tel: 212-747-1046.
Fax: 212-425-7260. E-mail:


Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 10:43:38 EST



Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:39:54 EDT
From: Boddy Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Latest News From Mr. Amir Entezam's Court


TEHRAN 16TH FEB. (IPS) The first session of the trial of Mr.
Abbas Amir Entezam, Iran's longest political prisoner ended
Tuesday in Tehran with the usual parody of Islamic justice, as
the accused was not allowed out of prison, his lawyers were not
authorised in the court room, the trial was held behind closed
doors with only the accusers being heard by the Islamic judges.

Condemned to life sentence by an Islamic revolutionary court for
espionage for the CIA, a charge that was never brought out
officially nor demonstrated, Mr. Amir Entezam, a former Deputy
Prime Minister and the government's official spokesman under Mr.
Mehdi Bazargan, Islamic Republic's first provisory Premier, was
held 17 years in prison, most of it in solitary cells and
incommunicado, subject to frequent physical and mental tortures.

In a letter sent recently to President Mohammad Khatami, Mr.
Amir Entezam revealed that while in prison, he escaped from an
assassination attempt on his life by agents he said were from
the Information Ministry and urged him to take all proper
measures for protecting his life and safety.

As he would adamantly refuse to leave his prison without a
public trial that would include the presence of international
observers, lawyers and journalists to condemn or clear him, Mr.
Amir Entezam was eventually thrown out of jail more than a year
ago, before being arrested anew some months ago on charges of
defamation and wrong accusations against Mr. Asadollah
Lajevardi, a former director of the Islamic Prisons Organisation
(IPO) and the notorious Evin prison where Mr. Amir Entezam had
spent most of his prison life.

In interviews with foreign based Persian language radio stations
after the assassination of Mr. Lajevardi in the Tehran bazaar
were he owned a women's underwear shop by gunmen said to belong
to the outlawed Iraqi-backed Mujahedeen Khalq Organisation
(MKO), Mr. Amir Entezam would observe that under Mr. Lajevardi,
dubbed as "The Butcher of Evin", more than 170 methods of
tortures would be applied to political prisoners.

The revelations, accompanied by a harsh critic of president
Mohammad Khatami who had immediately "regretted" the
assassination of the man considered as responsible for the
execution of thousands of political prisoners, mostly leftists,
triggered a plaint by Mr. Lajevardi's family as well as the IPO
officials against Mr. Amir Entezam for defamation.

Talking to reporters outside the courtroom, Mrs. Elaheh, the
wife of Mr. Amir Entezam said that the charges brought against
her husband by the Lajevardi family as well as the IPO were
"baseless", observing that what her husband had told about
tortures in Islamic prisons was drawn from his own personal
experience and tortures inflicted on him in Evin prison when Mr.
Lajevardi was in charge.

She said that though she would expect there will be a real
trial, with the presence of the accused and his lawyers,
"unfortunately, the same old, sad and regrettable story" was
repeated again, as Amir Entezam was not brought to the court,
the defence team was not allowed to act, the deliberations were
held behind closed doors with the presence of the plaintiffs

She revealed that the Iranian authorities had refused a Swiss
jurist to come to attend the trial of her husband, triggering
strong protest to the Islamic Republic from the Geneva-based
International Committee of Lawyers and Jurists.

According to Mrs. Amir Entezam, her husband, after being
arrested on new charges of defamation, was freed on bail, but
the prison authorities refused to let him go, arguing that he
had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

"The most unbelievable is that the authorities proposed to give
us passports to travel to Vienna where my husband had been named
for an award on human rights, an offer we refused of fear of not
being able to return. What means a passport and travel abroad if
one is serving life imprisonment? The fact is that his situation
has never been clear. He was neither a free man, even not on
bail, nor a prisoner, he had never been officially charged nor
officially cleared of the accusations", she observed. ENDS


Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 20:20:28 GMT
Subject: NEWS99 - CIA Issues Death Sentence Against Ocalan

The Independent
17 February 1999

Psychopathic killer who is great hope of a nation

By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent

OFFERING one of his regular Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK)
ceasefires to the Turkish army, Abdullah Ocalan appeared at
a damp, draughty press conference in a cement shack in the
Bekaa Valley in Lebanon six years ago. His theme: the
brotherhood of the Turkish and Kurdish peoples. "We are so
close, we are like the finger and the fingernail," he
announced. And I couldn't help wondering how often the two
had been separated in southern Turkey.

Ocalan is, even in many Kurdish eyes, a psychopathic killer
- a Kurdish Abu Nidal who punished suspicion with death,
whose guerrillas tamed their opponents not just with
collaborator executions but with the slaughter of every
member of the family of every collaborator. The Turkish
security forces responded with murder, ethnic cleansing and
wholesale invasion of the very northern Iraqi "safe haven"
which we - the West - set up for the genocide-stricken

Ocalan is no political innocent, no abider by human rights,
no Robin Hood - though the socialist characteristic might
suit the man with the bright, staring eyes. "Both Kurds and
Turks are tired of bloodletting," he told us in 1993.

"Permit me to return unarmed to Kurdistan in peace to
practice political action and start a dialogue between us."
The Turks told him to get lost.

But the events of the past 24 hours embrace more than just
international hypocrisy. There is a broader, far more
important context to the capture of Abdullah Ocalan - a
story of American intrigue, Kurdish betrayal and superpower
support for the Muslim nation, Turkey, which has become
Israel's newest ally in the Middle East.

Yesterday's seizure of the Kurds' most radical leader is
likely to lead to much further violence: to the hijacking
of Turkish aircraft, to attacks on Turkish embassies and
diplomats - as the Turks are themselves well aware.

But it also raises questions about the policies of the
United States towards Kurdistan's 20 million people, the
largest nation in the world without a state. Only a month
ago, the United States, whose CIA mission in northern Iraq
was destroyed by President Saddam Hussein in 1996, was
trying yet again to create an anti-Saddam alliance between
the two more parochial Kurdish leaders, Massoud Barzani of
the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) and Jalal Talabani of
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

After their visit to Washington Barzani, whose movement
collaborated with Saddam to destroy the PUK three years
ago, and Talabani, whose support from Iran gave Barzani an
excuse for seeking his overthrow, are now - more or less -
on board the latest US campaign to overthrow the Beast of

With very good reason, Turkey was deeply troubled at this
latest alliance. If Barzani and Talabani were ever to
create an embryo Kurdish state in northern Iraq, the threat
of a much larger Kurdish entity - including parts of
Turkey, Syria and Iran as well as Iraq - would appear
greater. The Turks were thus very suspicious of
Washington's latest "peace-making".

If the western Allies had offered independence to the Arabs
who overthrew their mutual enemies (the Ottoman Empire) in
the First World War, why shouldn't Washington offer
independence to the Kurds if they helped to topple Saddam?

How could Turkey show its anger? One way: to invite a
senior Iraqi official to Ankara to discuss a withdrawal of
Turkish landing rights for US and British fighter-bombers
at the Incirlik and Batman airbases in southern Turkey -
the very airfields from which Anglo-US aircraft are bombing
northern Iraq. Tariq Aziz duly arrived in Ankara at the
weekend as an honoured guest of the Turkish prime minister,
Bulent Ecevit - only to be told, on Monday, that his
request had been turned down. And then - momentum mirabilis
- within hours of Turkey's rebuff to the Iraqis, Ocalan
fell into their hands in Nairobi, where the CIA happens to
have its Africa headquarters.

After its military-strategic alliance with Israel, Turkey
has become one of America's best friends in the Middle East
and an even more important strategic ally against Iraq.
Ever since Ocalan was put aboard a flight out of Syria last
year for Moscow, Rome and points east and south, Washington
has demanded the PKK leader's extradition to Turkey.

The US administration knew that Turkey would demand capital
punishment for its most infamous "terrorist" - so its
advice was, in effect, a death sentence.

So what happens next? True, it's not a good time to fly on
Turkish airlines or take a Turkish holiday or queue at a
Turkish embassy visa office. Mr Ocalan's chums are about as
choosy as a Cruise missile when it comes to the civilians
they slaughter in the pursuit of their longer-term
political aims.

But the Kurds, whose existence merits a state every bit as
much as the Palestinians, are again a major issue in the
Middle East.


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 16 Feb 1999 to 17 Feb 1999