Date: Feb 27, 1999 [ 15: 51: 4]
Subject: FYI:Iran court holds prominent moderate cleric
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 15:51:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: FYI:Iran court holds prominent moderate cleric
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Iran court holds
cleric - agency
TEHRAN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - An Iranian
clerical court has arrested a prominent
reformist clergyman known for his outspoken
critical writings, Iran's official news agency
IRNA reported on Saturday.
It quoted relatives of Mohsen Kadivar as saying the
moderate Shi'ite Moslem scholar had been held on the
order of the special court of the clergy for the second
in the past two weeks.
The court had earlier questioned Kadivar, a prominent
supporter of moderate President Mohammad Khatami, over
his outspoken writings and press interviews.
Kadivar has published articles criticising the clergy's
dominant role in Iran's government, as well as
the legitimacy of the conservative-run court.
At the hearing, Kadivar insisted the charges against him
under Iran's press laws and were outside the court's
jurisdiction. He demanded a public jury trial at a press
court where he would be allowed to have a defence
The court, which meets in closed sessions to deal with
offences committed by clerics, has come under increasing
criticism by moderates and dissidents.
In December, a group of moderate clerics blasted the court
for ordering the arrest on fraud charges of a founder of
pro-Khatami clerical group, suggesting the move was
The powerful court, set up after the 1979 Islamic
revolution, is under the authority of supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is not restrained by laws
governing the judiciary.
The court is led by conservative cleric Gholamhossein
Mohseni-Ejei, who gained prominence last year as the
judge in the trial of Tehran's modernising mayor, another
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islamic human rights commission wants clear-cut response on kadivar
tehran, feb. 28, irna -- islamic human rights commission in a
statement here sunday outlined the measures taken by the commission
following the detention of hojjatoleslam mohsen kadivar.
it stressed that following the court summons against kadivar last
week, the legal department investigating public complaints held direct
talks with him to find out the details of the charges. the commission
had corresponded with the relevant authorities about the case.
it also emphasized that the department responsible for following
up and monitoring the ongoing issue in its meeting sunday specified
that clear-cut response be obtained from the special clerics court on
the matter so that necessary measures can be taken.
the statement further added that the commission continues to
insist on the complete observation of the legal rights of the
citizens, including their legitimate freedoms within the framework of
the commission elaborated that in order to conduct a fair trial,
charges should be brought up completely within the norms of the law
and the defendant should be made aware of the these charges and have
access to the lawyer of his choice.
the islamic human rights commission added that the court
proceedings should be held in the open and the defendant should also
have the right to appeal and request a retrial.
concerning political and press crimes, the commission says,
"according to article 168 of the constitution of the islamic republic
of iran, people's legitimate freedoms in the various individual and
social areas cannot be breached."
::irna 28/02/99 21:41
assefi says u.s. human rights report on iran, unfounded
tehran, feb 28, irna -- iranian foreign ministry spokesman hamid-reza
assefi said on sunday the u.s. state department's allegations
regarding status of human rights in iran are unfounded.
the u.s. administration has issued a report on situation of human
rights in the world describing the status of human rights in iran as
he said the u.s. state department's annual report on human rights
in the world and its allegations on the basis of the one-sided and
biased interpretations of human rights situation in iran is an
attempt to divert the world public opinion from human rights
violations in the american society.
the state department's action indicated the u.s. bad intention
toward the progress of the iranian people and its failure to form
balanced relations with the islamic republic of iran. assefi said.
he said publishing such intentional reports has coincided this
year with the nationwide municipal elections in iran, helping display
the u.s. opposition to iran's national identity and progress.
assefi said the american society is now suffering from extensive
human rights violations thanks to the negligence of the u.s.
administration. racial discrimination, cruelty against foreigners,
torture in prisons, violence against children and women are on their
heights in the american community, arousing concern of the united
nations and the non-governmental organizations, he said.
"the islamic republic of iran in accordance with the islamic
belief and national and international commitments has respected human
rights of every iranian citizen inside and outside the country," he
iran believes that any sabotage in the process of its dynamic
society by any foreign country could not work and the country is
treading the path toward its lofty goals.
meanwhile, assefi dismissed a report provided by representative
of the united nations human rights commissioner maurice danby
copithorne as being contrary to the facts in iran and lack of
knowledge about the islamic criteria and norms recommended by islam.
::irna 28/02/99 17:07
End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 27 Feb 1999 to 28 Feb 1999