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Topics of the day:

1. Iranian Kurdish Leaders and Ocalan Arrest
2. James Carter's Visit from Iran?
3. Fallahin's Mission to U.S
4. Iranians to protest against US, Israel in Mecca


Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 18:45:16 EDT
From: Boddy Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iranian Kurdish Leaders and Ocalan Arrest


By Safa Haeri

PARIS 18TH FEB. (IPS) Regardless of their sharp differences with
the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), all the leaders of Iranian
Kurdish movements and parties strongly condemned the kidnapping
of Abdollah Ocalan, the leader of the extremist Turkish Kurds by
Turkey's special commandos and called on international
organisations as well as on Western governments to press Turkey
for preserving the life and the right of Mr. Ocalan for a fair
and just trial.

"The party which deserves to be tried is Turkey and the Turkish
authorities who have deprived the Kurdish people from all their
most basic cultural, ethnic, linguistic and civil rights,
including giving Kurdish names to their children or to speak in
Kurdish language", suggested sheikh Ezzeddin Hosseini, the
former spiritual leader of the Communist Party of Iranian
Kurdistan (KOMOLEH).

Mr. Ocalan, Turkey's most wanted man accused by Ankara for the
killing of more than 30.000 people during the 10 years war of
the PKK against the Turkish Republic, was abducted on Tuesday in
Nairobi by Turkish special commandos in mysterious conditions
and taken secretly back to Turkey, triggering a wave of protest
world-wide against Greece, Kenya, Turkey and Israel, this latter
country believed to have helped the Turks in capturing the PKK

One of the first Iranian Sunni clerics to stand up to the grand
ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny few months after the victory of the
Islamic Revolution, sheikh Hosseini condemned the kidnapping of
Mr. Ocalan, saying that what the Turks did in Kenya was "against
all international laws and principles".

"Everyone knows that the Turkish Republic, from the outset,
never recognised the legitimate rights of the Kurds, denying the
existence and the presence of such a people on Turkish soil.
They changed the names of the mountains and rivers and valley,
towns and villages" observed Sheikh Hosseini, talking to the IPS
from his residence in the outskirts of Upsalaa, Sweden.

He also condemned all the countries that took part in the "plot"
and helped Turkey to snatch the leader of the PKK, an extremist
Marxist-Leninist organisation fighting for the independence of
Kurdish dominated areas of Turkey.

"The Ocalan problem and crisis is not limited to Abdollah
Ocalan, it is the saga of 15 millions of Kurds living in Turkey
where they are denied of all their rights, even that of
admitting of being a Kurd", noted Mr. Abdollah Hasanzadeh, the
general secretary of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan

Expressing his full solidarity with the PKK members, Mr.
Hasanzadeh called on all international organisations to bring
the maximum of pressure on the Turkish authorities to provide
Mr. Ocalan a fair trial, accept the presence of international
lawyers and journalists, even though he doubted the Turks would
yield to international pressures.

According to Mr. Hasanzadeh, the arrest of Mr. Ocalan would have
no effect on the struggle of the DPIK against the Islamic
Republic he said was not "much better" than the Turk's handling
of the Kurdish problem, reminding that the assassination of Dr
Abdolrahman Qasemlou and Dr Qasem Sharafkandi, both secretary
generals of the Party murdered by agents of the Islamic regime
of Iran in Vienna and Berlin did not stopped the struggle of the
DPIK for autonomy.

Mr. Rahman Hoseinzadeh, the leader of the Kurdistan Committee of
the Swedish-based Iranian Workers-Communist Party described as
"a blatant State terrorism and kidnapping" as well as a
"criminal act by the Turkish authorities"" the snatching of Mr.
Ocalan in Nairobi, expressing doubt that Ankara would give the
leader of the PKK a fair trial. OCALAN 1829923.


Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 18:47:34 EDT
From: Boddy Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: James Carter's Visit from Iran?

Reported by Islamic Republic News Agency(IRNA)

thr 016
former american president's son to visit iran, paper
tehran, feb. 18, irna -- james carter, one of the three sons of
jimmy carter, the former american president is due to visit iran in
may, a tehran newspaper reported thursday.
a group of "interested americans" will also accompany james
carter in his unofficial visit, according to sobh-e emrouz daily.
the paper said it had contacted james carter by phone on wednesday
night and asked about the visit.
james carter who is the director for international affairs of an
association called "power of friendship", told the paper that the aim
of the visit will be to establish mutual understanding between the
two nations. "we are in no way official government envoys and the
members of the group have a tourist agenda," james carter was quoted
by the daily as saying.
::irna 18/02/99 12:17

thr 017
iran-us-carter-2 tehran
asked if the iranian foreign ministry has given them a positive
response, carter said he had not contacted the iranian foreign
ministry. "we are a tourist agency and have no intention to hold
any official meetings. therefore, there is no need for us to
contact the iranian foreign ministry. we are ordinary citizens and
our aim is to forge friendship with the iranian people. we have no
political agenda," he added, according to sobh-e amrouz.
asked if he had ever visited iran, carter replied: "no. i have
never visited iran and therefore cannot comment about iran today.
that is why i intend to visit your country."
he also expressed hope that through exchange of visits and ideas,
iranian and american citizens could establish friendly relations
between the two nations.
asked if there was any opposition to his iran visit in the
united states, he smiled and said: :i have not informed the entire
people in my country about my iran visit. i reiterate that our visit
has nothing to do with politics. we only want to establish friendly
ties with the people of iran."
::irna 18/02/99 12:27


Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 23:36:02 EDT
From: Boddy Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Fallahin's Mission to U.S


PARIS 20TH FREB. (IPS) Hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, the former
Information (Intelligence) Minister believed to be the
mastermind behind the murder of Iranian dissidents both inside
and outside the country, has travelled to the United States
where he purchased sophisticated eavesdropping and bugging
systems, according the Persian service of Kol Israel on Thursday
18th February monitored in Paris by IPS.

The Minister is under an international warrant delivered against
him by German authorities in 1996 because of his systematic
interference in the trial, in a Berlin, of Iranian and Lebanese
Shi'a Muslim terrorists who, on order from Tehran, had
assassinated 4 Iranian Kurdish leaders in Berlin in September

The trial, known as "The Mykonos Case" ended in April 1997, with
the Berlin High Court ruling that "the entire highest ranking
religious authorities of the Islamic Republic", including the
ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i the leader of the regime and the
ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the (then) president,
were directly responsible for the assassination of Iranian

Quoting Dr Alireza Nurizadeh, a London-based Iranian journalist,
the radio said Mr. Fallahian used faked name and a diplomatic
[Bssport, calling at the Iranian mission at the United Nations
in[Bew York.
The radio said Mr. Fallahian, who is now the leader's Special
AdviseB on Intelligence and Security affairs, bought the
eavesdropping and other intelligence-related equipment with the
help of an Iranian identified as Mr. Sa'id Eslami "at a time
that, according to Mr. Nurizadeh, "Washington was enforcing the
most stringiest of embargoes against the Islamic Republic".

However, the broadcast did not said when Mr. Fallahian did
travelled to New York, nor what Mr. Eslami was doing in the
States and why he offered him an important position in his
ministry, where he was known as Emami.

On 5th of January, the Intelligence Ministry, in a communiqué
that shocked the nation, officially acknowledged that its agents
had murdered several political dissidents, including Dariush
Foruhar, the leader of the Iranian People's Party and his wife
Parvaneh, savagely assassinated in their Tehran residence,
followed by writers Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Ja'far
Pouyandeh. Another political activist, Piruz Davani, believed to
have been assassinated, is still missing.

Though both the Ministry and a three men Committee that was set
up by president ayatollah Mohammad Khatami to investigate the
murders said the killers had been identified and arrested but so
far, an[Bdespite an unprecedented pressure from the public, none
of the alleged murderers has been identified, and most
particularly, nothing has been said concerning the men who
issued the fatwas, or the religious orders for the killings nor
who organised the operations.

However, taking into account the findings of the "Mykonos Court"
in the one hand and the fact that under Mr. Fallahian and his
immediate bosses, meaning the ayatollahs Khameneh'i and Hashemi
Rafsanjani, several intellectual and political dissidents
opposed to the Islamic Republic had been killed in mysterious
circumstances, it is widely believed that the same ones are also
responsible for the recent murders.

Observers noted that after Mr. Rafsanjani, who chairs the
influential Council for the Discernment of the Interests of the
State "advised" all feuding parties to "lower the wicks", the
Presidential Investigation Committee as well as a military court
that handles the cases both decided that the murders were not
"organised", being the "work of individuals who acted without
authorisation from none of their superiors. ENDS FALLAHIAN


Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 20:34:48 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranians to protest against US, Israel in Mecca

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Iranian Moslems making the traditional
pilgrimage to Mecca will once again stage their annual protest
against the United States and Israel, the Iranian official who
supervises the voyage said Wednesday.
"Again this year, with God's help, we will organise the
protest," said Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshari, quoted by the official
IRNA news agency.
He said the protest would be "in line" with calls for similar
protests in years past by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late
founder of the Islamic republic.
Iranians making the pilgrimage, known as the hajj, have
organised demonstrations in Mecca against the United States and
Israel every year since Khomeini engineered the Islamic revolution
in 1979.
But in recent years the protests have drawn criticism from
officials in Saudi Arabia anxious to ensure the hajj remains
strictly religious in character.
In 1987 clashes between demonstrators and Saudi police left more
than 400 dead.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have warmed considerably
since 1997, when reformist President Mohammad Khatami came to power
in a landslide vote while Tehran assumed the presidency of the
Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and current
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi both paid official visits to the
Saudi kingdom last year.


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 18 Feb 1999 to 21 Feb 1999