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Topics of the day:
1. FWD: Ocalan lawyers statement
2. Report: Reformists Lead Iran Vote
3. Mosad's informers: Kadivar, a Mosad's theologian has been arrested by
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 16:50:37 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: FWD: Ocalan lawyers statement
Dear Members of the Press,
As lawyers representing Abdullah Ocalan, after stringent efforts
for a week (on 25 February 1999) we finally went to Imrali Island
where our client is held. Because of the importance of this case,
we wish to enlighten the public through your valuable offices of
the press with regard to the pressing problems we are faced with
this in period of time.
As far as we are concerned, in the past week, there have been
grave infringements of the law, both with regard to our client
and to the defense procedure since the undertaking of our role as
defense lawyers. We can detail these as follows:
1) The first and foremost infringement of the law concerns where
Abdullah Ocalan's is being detained. As a consequence of our
initiatives over the past days, we finally grasped the
opportunity to meet with Abdullah Ocalan face to face. For our
part, according to the law, we had expected to see Abdullah
Ocalan in a prison under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of
Justice but found him in an interrogation room.
Yes, indeed, according to the code of law governing the reason
for this detention, whereas he ought to have been detained in
prison, we found him still to be under intensive interrogation.
Yesterday, we were only able to see Abdullah Ocalan in an
interrogation room, not in the prison, in the presence of two
persons wearing snow masks (balaclavas) dressed in military
uniform. With your permission, we would like to explain this
grave situation in detail.
The external security of the prison was provided by the
jandarmary. There is nothing unusual about this. However, when we
entered the building where Abdullah Ocalan is being kept we
fully expected to be received by civil servants and guards under
the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice. While soldiers are
responsible for external security of the prison, it is forbidden
for them to enter the prison except together with the Public
Prosecutor for the purposes of carrying out a search inside the
prison, or again under the Public Prosecutor's supervision to
undertake an operation to contain a rebellion. However, as we
stated above we were met by soldiers in balaclavas. Even more
grave than this, where by law it is required that we meet one to
one (in some circumstances an appointed judge can also be
present) these military interrogators in balaclavas were also in
From the moment that we went into the prison with the Mudanya
Criminal Judge and encountered the soldiers in balaclavas it was
necessary for us to abandon this location. However, due to the
great concern for news regarding the client Abdullah Ocalan's
condition of health, we did not press for this legal requirement.
We located Ocalan on the second floor in an approximate area of
some 5-6 metres with a bed, a plastic table and a number of
chairs. After we had identified ourselves and explained the
reason for our presence there and had begun the visit in the
presence of the judge, we observed that the two persons in
balaclavas were inside. We told the judge that they were required
to go outside. The judge found our request to be in order and
relayed our request to those in the masks. They replied in this
fashion: We are under order of the General Staff. Our duty is to
guarantee the security of the accused. We receive our orders from
the Chief of Staff. For this reason it is not possible for us to
leave.² I requested that this particular point was taken down in
writing. The minute was taken.
One of the masked interrogators sat behind Abdullah Ocalan, the
other across the able behind the two of us lawyers, constantly
staring us in the eyes. For this reason, Abdullah Ocalan's eyes
were kept from meeting ours. From this point on the questioning
of Abdullah Ocalan reached an impasse. The environment for the
interview in which we found ourselves, the statements taken were
prepared and the execution of the required claims of defense were
obstructed. The role played by the Ankara State Security Court
Prosecution in infringement of the law, in a ready interview is
considerable. The Prosecutor did not take his statement down
according to the prosecution but in an interrogation room and
when carrying out the first police interview after his arrest, it
was necessary for the Prosecutor to be responsible. For this
reason, before any more time should be allowed to lapse, it is
necessary that the Ankara State Security Court should be relieved
of carrying out the preparatory hearing and that this duty be
transferred to a different regional prosecution on the grounds of
their having undertaken an illegal hearing, and by the same
provision, for having moreover performed this hearing in secret
and for having been exposed in so doing, in contravention of the
law. We are not of the view
that Abdullah Ocalan's off-the-cuff statement has yet been
brought to completion and taken down in writing. During a period
of constant interrogation, it is unavoidable that every day new
additions will be made to Abdullah Ocalan's statement. In this
situation this procedure will allow for judgment and as seen fit,
"new declarations" will be made public,
powers at home and abroad, organizations, voluntary sector
associations, and individuals will be damned. By this process,
even ourselves, acting as his representatives can be expected to
be drawn into the net of accusations.
We suspect that details of the interrogation of the Ankara State
Security Court Prosecutor which appeared in the newspapers also
took place in the presence of the same masked interrogators.
In the course of our visit we encountered yet another grave
situation with regard to the decision given for us to conduct the
visit in the presence of the Mudanya Criminal Court Judge relying
on the law of the Justice Ministry. We do not appeal against this
decision by the Ministry of Justice. However, the role of the
judge was to invoke a law to prohibit us
from talking or sharing an exchange, and so forth during the
visit, and if he should so choose to call a halt to the visit.
Moreover, in addition to this, in direct contravention to the
law, the judge brought a minutes notebook and set about taking
down our visit as minutes. Under normal circumstances, apart from
noting the commencement and termination of the interview between
the accused and his lawyers to be minuted and this
contravenes the principles of "confidential interview" and "the
right to defense".
We found ourselves face to face with a conspiracy. It had already
been planned that flagrant disregard for law, despite being
arrested, our client forcibly detained in interrogation rooms
instead of in a prison, would be subjected to having his
interview with us minuted and that this would be turned into an
interview what we be made to sign.
When we said that the judge had committed a crime, and that the
interview would not be minuted, that taking the one page minute
sheet as an illegal document, in the role of defense lawyers we
left the visiting area.
From what we saw, a plot has been hatched around Abdullah Ocalan
and so as to carry out this plot, all unlawful practices are
considered justified. Saying that Ocalan will be tried in the
shortest possible time, invoking the death penalty, holding the
hearing in a glass booth are all elements of this plot.
Our second anxiety concerns the life and the conditions in which
Abdullah Ocalan is being kept. Although he is detention, the fact
that he is under the control of interrogators serving the Chief
of Staff, and that he is permitted no contact whatsoever with the
outside world could lead to a deep psychological deterioration.
There is also a strong probability that he
could be murdered under the guise of it being suicide.
We find ourselves in a situation of grave concern in our
undertaking to defend the cases concerning Abdullah Ocalan, as
equally on the issue of the hearing, and as his lawyers, are
being restricted and threatened from undertaking that defense.
When we sought to see Abdullah Ocalan on 22 February 1999 and 24
February 1999, on both occasions under the auspices of the
Justice Ministry Ankara State Security Court Prosecution and the
Mudanya Republic Prosecution, our meetings were prevented and as
a consequence we find ourselves up against unlawful procedures.
When on 22 February 1999 we went to Mudanya and applied from the
outside to the Public Prosecutor we were unable to find a single
responsible official able to accord us the lawful right to meet
with our client and our request was refused as the officials
would not do their duty but said "this matter does not concern
us". Immediately, all the officials claimed that our request was
a matter for the "crisis desk", however when we asked them the
whereabouts of this "crisis desk" they returned the answer, "we
Added to this situation, wherever we went, we were attacked by a
mob formed mostly from the ranks of the plainclothes police. On
24 February 1999 such an attack was carried out. Footage of the
attack has been broadcast for days on end on television. The aim
was to deprive us of our duty to perform the defense. Like
Abdullah Ocalan, we, entrusted with public duty as his lawyers,
found our lives in grave jeopardy.
For this reason, we are unable to venture outside into the
street. In the apartments in which we live, everyone shuts the
door in our faces. We are receiving death threats. These are not
confined purely to ourselves but our relatives are also under
threat. My son, when asked by his friends "what relation are you
to Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu?" replied "I don't know him. He's no close
relative of mine." Another distant relative of mine standing as a
CHP candidate for the Chair of Beyoglu City Council, had to
withdraw his candidacy on my account. It is not only us who are
receiving threats but everyone with the same surnames, 'Okcuoglu'
and 'Korkut' who are in danger.
Where the President should be responsible to take action to
remove the threat posed to us, people minded to disregard the law
are instead emboldened to attack us. We went to Mudanya with the
assurance given to us by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, but came
under attack instead. Not one single official raised a finger to
prevent us from being attacked nor
brought to justice those who carried out the offense. At any
moment we can suffer further attacks or even be killed. Worst of
all we do not even know what we can do about it. In this
situation, it is not possible to find a means to guarantee the
carriage of justice, nor the fulfillment of the sacred duty of
In order for us to carry out the task of defense the following
particulars need to be performed.
1) Our client Abdullah Ocalan must immediately be released from
the environment of interrogation, placed in a normal prison and
all obstacles to a defense made by his own free will, be removed.
Anyone obstructing justice in this way must be punished.
2) All threats to ourselves, as the lawyers of Abdullah Ocalan,
and towards anyone bearing the same surnames as ours, must be
prevented and whoever makes such threats should be punished.
3) One of the greatest threats to Abdullah Ocalan receiving a
fair sentence are those engendered by the media. Such reporting
must be prevented and those prejudicing the fairness of the
hearing in this way must be punished. We call upon everybody
concerned to take action without delay in stopping threats being
directed against ourselves and our client.
IF OUR REQUESTS ARE NOT MET, TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE
Lawyer: Ahmed Zeki Okcuoglu
Lawyer: Hatice Korkut
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 21:10:41 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: Report: Reformists Lead Iran Vote
Report: Reformists Lead Iran Vote
By ANWAR FARUQI
.c The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Hard-line opponents of Iran's reformist President
Mohammad Khatami appeared headed for defeat in the first local elections in
20 years, newspapers reported Sunday.
Women were reported to be the front-runners in at least 20 cities, and
nearly all of the successful female candidates were supporters of Khatami,
who has encouraged women to play a bigger role in political life.
Nearly every newspaper reported that pro-Khatami candidates were the
leaders for the 15 seats in Tehran. The city is seen as a key test in the
struggle between hard-liners and moderates in the government.
Election officials had counted nearly 10 million votes, or 40 percent of
the ballots, by Sunday night, Tehran radio reported, quoting the Interior
Ministry, which is supervising the poll.
The ministry says final results may not come for days, especially in larger
cities like Tehran.
About 330,000 candidates ran for some 200,000 seats on municipal councils
in Friday's voting, the first local election since the 1979 Islamic
About 25 million Iranians, about 60 percent of the electorate, voted. In
some town and cities the turnout was so high that polling stations ran out
of ballots and voting hours were extended twice.
``Iran's political picture looks set to change,'' the moderate newspaper
Emrooz said in a banner headline Sunday.
Khatami supporters were ahead in 11 of Iran's 28 provinces, another
moderate newspaper, Akhbar, reported.
The hard-line Tehran Times braced its readers for a victory by Khatami
allies, urging that people forgive and forget efforts by ``rogue elements''
to manipulate the polls.
In Tehran, former Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri, a well-known Khatami
loyalist, had received the largest number of votes by midday Sunday, an
official at the election headquarters told The Associated Press.
Hard-liners in parliament forced Nouri out of the Interior Ministry last
year because of the energy with which he pursued Khatami's policy of
greater social, political and cultural freedom. They unsuccessfully tried
to disqualify Nouri from running in the local elections.
Women look to Khatami, a moderate cleric, to improve their social standing.
They were instrumental in Khatami's victory against a hard-line rival in
the May 1997 presidential election.
Since taking office, Khatami has appointed a woman as one of his vice
presidents and chosen several other women as presidential advisers.
The hard-liners opposed to Khatami want to maintain Iran as a patriarchal
Islamic society. In the parliament, which was elected in 1996, there are
only 14 women among 270 members.
Young Iranians, who make up a majority of Iran's 60 million people, seek a
relaxation of the strict Islamic laws that ban Western music and Western
Abbas Razdvi, a 16-year-old voter, said, ``My vote is a vote for Mr.
Khatami because I want things to change. I want to do what other normal
kids like me are doing around the world. I want to be able to wear what I
want, to listen to the kind of music I want and to have a girlfriend.''
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 23:43:55 +0000
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Mosad's informers: Kadivar,
a Mosad's theologian has been arrested by Mosad's officers
Mosad's informers: Kadivar, a Mosad's theologian has been arrested by
There are rumours that Ayatullah Mohsen Kadivar has been arrested by
Tehran's Special Courts to Deal with the Misconduct of the Clerics.
According to his brother-in-law, Minister Mohajerani, he is not a
political figure and he has expressed his opinion regarding some Islamic
issues. According to Kadivar's family, he has been arrested for
expressing his opinions. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry,
Copithorn's report regarding Human Rights abuses in the IRI has a
political motive and has aimed at distracting the Americans from Human
Rights abuses in the USA. According to Mohsen Rezaii, Mosad agents have
masterminded the killing of Iranian authors to disturb the improving
relationship between the IRI and the USA.
Islam is supposed to rule in the IRI, and the faithful Minister of
Culture Mohajerani may not lie, therefore, I conclude that Mohsen
Kadivar has been arrested by Mosad's turbaned agents in the Special
Courts in order to provide some evidence about Human Rights abuses in
Iran. These pieces of evidence will be published by Mosad's
non-turbaned agents in Sobh Emrooz and Khordad Newspapers. Then, Iranian
newspapers will be broadcast on Mosad's Radio Israel. Iranians in exile
(sponsored by Mosad) will write open letters to Copithorne in the UN and
will ask him to include Kadivar's arrest in his reports for the year
2000. Then, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the IRI will deny
Kadivar's detention or Fruhar's murder. Because, by the year 2000, the
news will be too old for our politicians to remember. However, our state
newspapers may remember the Human Rights abuse in Madineh, Kufeh,
Karbala of 14 centuries ago, or they may notice irregularities in the
White House. They shout loud at Turkey, Israel and the USA for
arresting a Turkish citizen, Abdullah Ocalan, but they do not criticise
the IRI Law Enforcement Forces for shooting at Iranian Kurds
demonstrating in Sanandaj. It is good to defend Human Rights of Turkish
and Iraqi Kurds, but not Iranian Kurds.
hojatoleslam kadivar detained by spiritual court
tehran, feb. 27, irna -- the relatives of iranian scholar and writers
hojatoleslam mohssen kadivar told irna saturday evening that
hojatoleslam kadivar had been detained for the second time over the
past 14 days by tehran's spiritual court.
they said they had received the news in a telephone contact
apparently by somebody at the spiritual court and that they were
suggested to contact the same court in person for more information.
on the same day last week, hojatoleslam kadivar had been summoned
by the spiritual court of tehran to answer a legal enquiry touching on
what he had said in his recent interviews with the press and also in
irna has has yet been unable to get hold of anybody at the
spiritual court to confirm the report.
::irna 27/02/99 22:53
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