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There are 4 messages totalling 317 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Lost Dead Body : Saeed Emami
2. Iran/Reuters: leading stories in Iranian newspapers
3. Iran/Reuters: Iran lets banks use rial floating rate-press
4. Iran/Manteg-E Azad News Paper: Lost Dead Body

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 17:08:24 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Lost Dead Body : Saeed Emami

LORESTAN MP: Judiciary's Explanations Not Satisfactory

BY MEHRDAD SERJOOIE

TEHRAN - "If Saeed Emami (Eslami) was working for foreign powers, then
why hold a mourning ceremony for him, and why was he buried in parcel 73
which is designated
for the nation's Martyrs," Kourosh Fooladi, a member of parliament from
Khorramabad, Lorestan Pro- vince said Sunday.

In an interview with IRAN NEWS, Fooladi, a member of the leftist Majma-e
Hizbollah of the Majlis, said: "I am not satisfied with the Judiciary's
explanations as broadcast on
TV and reported by IRNA."

He said it is inconceivable that in a special prison someone who is
supposed to be watched very closely finds an opportunity to commit
suicide by swallowing hair remover.
The member of parliament said a full and satisfactory explanation is
owed to the nation and the authorities must produce documents to support
their statements.

Fooladi maintained that considering the holding of a funeral for Emami,
the supposed mastermind of last year's serial murders, and those who
attended his funeral, "I am of the
opinion that these were not simple murders and were planned and carried
out by people belonging to a certain (political) current. The
authorities must identify these people and
destroy their network." He concluded by saying that it is unacceptable
that a member of the country's security apparatus could act without
orders.


W. Azarbaijan MP Asks Leader's Help

BY MEHRDAD SERJOOIE

TEHRAN - In a letter to the Leader, People's representative from Bookan,
W. Azarbaijan Province, said today that the people of his constituency
are suffering because of the
current drought in that region. He asked Ayatollah Khamenei to help the
people of the province.

Haji Anvar Habibzadeh said in the letter: "The deprived people of the
province, specially the Kurds, are facing a dire situation due to the
current drought." He requested that the
Leader, using everything within the power of the Islamic Republic and by
recruiting international assistance ease the burden of the people of W.
Azarbaijan.

A Kurd himself, Habibzadeh Bookani, said the people of the province,
specially its Kurdish citizens, will be extremely grateful for the
Leader's help in this matter.


Naqdi Sentenced by Court

NESHAT * The daily reported that the court ruling in the case of General
Gholamreza Naqdi, head of the police Security and Information Division,
will be announced in the
following days. Neshat predicted that Naqdi is very likely to be
sentenced by the court.

Naqdi stood trial on charges of torturing Tehran Municipality officials
during their detention last year on graft charges.

The Murdered Were Anti-Revolutionaries

KHORDAD * This pro-administration daily quoted Ruhollah Husseinian, head
of the Islamic Revolution's Documents Center, as saying, "Saeed Emami
was neither behind the
serial killings, nor was a spy. Emami was known as a good person; he
never failed to make his daily prayers and during all his life he
defended the Revolution."

He added that if Emami had been a spy, he would have fled the country
within a couple of months when Kazem Musavi, the main accused in the
case, was arrested. "Can a
spy be too stupid to continue to appear in the public for two months and
then run away?" he asked.

On the murder of four people by a network of Information Ministry agents
last year, he said, "When four anti-revolutionaries were killed, they
immediately took action and set
up a committee to investigate the case."

He added, "A few days ago, a political figure said in his speech that
Islam should not be interpreted in such a way that stands against
freedom. This is wrong. We should
interpret Islam the way it is. We should get the meaning of freedom from
the Islamic teachings." The President has recently said in his speech
that Islam should not be
interpreted such that it contrasts freedom.

Former Information Minister Summoned

KHORDAD * Ali Fallahian, former information minister, was summoned in
relation to the case of the murder of four Iranian citizens. According
to the daily, after a few
sessions of interrogation he was released on bail.

Saeed Emami, main accused behind the serial killings was deputy minister
for security affairs when Fallahian served as information minister.

Mysterious Gathering

KHORDAD * A group of retired employees and those dismissed from the
Information Ministry gathered in front of the Parliament building on
Monday. Khordad added that
there were 100 people in the gathering which was surrounded by security
forces.

Khordad did not mention the reason for the rally.

Contradictory Ceremonies

KHORDAD * Emaddedin Baqi wrote in the daily: "Sunday was the martyrdom
anniversary of Mohammad Montazeri, son of the dissident cleric
Husseinali Montazeri. A
commemoration ceremony was held in Qom, but his father could not attend
it because of house arrest. A few participants chanted slogans against
Montazeri after the end of
the ceremony." Referring to a mourning ceremony held for Saeed Emami,
Baqi said, "Doesn't Emami deserve the slogans which were chanted against
Montazeri following the
ceremony in Qom? Should a mourning ceremony be held for him (Emami)
without any disruption? Mohammad Montazeri and the participants in the
ceremony were
considered by pressure groups to be offenders."

Anti-U.S. Slogans Do Not Solve Problems

KHORDAD * Quoting leftist cleric Fazel Meibodi, the daily said, "We have
been chanting the slogan `Down with the U.S.' for 18 years, but which
one of our difficulties has
been solved through chanting the motto? We should find solutions to our
economic problems. The economy is important, not fighting [with
others]." Murderers Were
Anti-Revolutionaries

SOBH-E EMROOZ * This leftist daily rejected the attribution of the
serial murders to the left or right wings. "Ali Fallahian and Ruhollah
Husseinian should not be considered as
right wingers. The Information Ministry agents behind the serial
killings are anti-revolutionaries," Sobh-e Emrooz said.

When it was revealed that Saeed Emami, the main agent behind the
murders, was deputy of Fallahian when he was information minister, and
following Husseinian's defense of
Emami, these two have been the target of accusations by some of the
press.

Aminzadeh Is Also Involved

ENTEKHAB * This rightist daily quoted Morteza Nabavi, right-wing Majlis
deputy, as saying, "Anyone who displayed negligence regarding the serial
killings, should be dealt
with, whether he is Mr. Fallahian, who appointed that person (Saeed
Emami) to a high post, or Mr. Mohsen Aminzadeh (current deputy foreign
minister), who had a role in
the promotion of Emami in the Information Ministry."

Lost Dead Body

MANATEQ-E AZAD * This pro-administration daily, in a report from
Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, wrote, "The name (Saeed Emami) was not in the
computer of the cemetery
and the cemetery officials forbade the newspaper reporter from following
up the issue due to security reasons." Azad asked, "Was Saeed Emami the
dead man who was
buried in Behesht-e Zahra last week?"

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 18:40:52 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: leading stories in Iranian newspapers

PRESS DIGEST - Iran - June 30
08:45 a.m. Jun 30, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, June 30 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Iranian
newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not
vouch for their accuracy.

TEHRAN TIMES

- Ali Shams Ardakani, former head of the Iranian chamber of commerce, told a
conference in London he was confident that oil production sharing agreements
(PSAs) would be allowed in Iran soon. Ardakani is among officials advocating
a more liberal reading of the constitution to allow PSAs. Ardakani said
there had been ``bad PSAs'' before the 1979 Islamic revolution. ``New
versions (of PSAs) should have strong clauses that give no foreign
entitlement to Iran's oil reservoirs and include goodwill provisions on rent
and claims,'' he said.

IRAN DAILY

- A group of moderate newspaper editors and journalists set up the
Association to Defend Press Freedom to oppose a restrictive press law
proposed by conservative parliamentarians.

TEHRAN TIMES

- New Tehran Mayor Morteza Alviri said prisons and army barracks should be
moved out of the capital to make room for housing and parks.

ARYA

- Parliament deputy Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said Iran would import adequate
quantities of rice to prevent price rises after a fall in local production
due to drought.

MANATEQ-E AZAD

- Iran exports an annual $10 million worth of rural handicraft, excluding
carpets, a trade official said. He projected a 20 percent rise in handicraft
exports this year.

HAMSHAHRI

- Parliament deputy Zabihollah Safaei accused former Intelligence Minister
Ali Fallahiyan of being the ``main culprit'' in the killings of dissidents
and intellectuals last year. He said Fallahiyan should be held responsible
for having appointed an official to his ministry who was later charged with
being the main person behind the political murders.


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written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or
delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 18:47:04 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: Iran lets banks use rial floating rate-press

Iran lets banks use rial floating rate-press

11:57 a.m. Jun 29, 1999 Eastern

TEHRAN, June 29 (Reuters) - Iran has authorised state banks to exchange hard
currency gained from exports at an official floating rate close to the
currency's black market value, newspapers reported on Tuesday.

The decision is the latest move by the government to ease strict foreign
exchange controls which have been widely blamed for stagnating non-oil
exports.

Mojtaba Khosrowtaj, head of the state Export Promotion Centre, said that a
top government economic body had authorised banks to exchange the hard
currency income of exporters at the floating rate set a day earlier on the
Tehran Stock Exchange, the daily Hamshahri reported.

The exporters had earlier been only allowed to sell their hard cash income
directly to importers at the bourse, a process which often led to delays of
several weeks.

``This decision will allow exporters to exchange their hard currency
quicker...It will boost their liquidity,'' Khosrowtaj was quoted as saying.

The move appeared to signal wider acceptance by the government of the
floating rate, which is also used in calculating foreign airline ticket
prices and applied to hard currency the government sells to Iranians
travelling abroad.

Economists say the government has allowed the floating rate to approach the
rial's value on the black market to boost exports and effectively cut
subsidies to travellers abroad.

Exporters have often complained about the controls, imposed in 1995 to stop
a flight of capital after the United States announced trade sanctions
against Iran.

The regulations originally required exporters to repatriate their hard cash
and exchange it at state banks at an official rate rate of 3,000 rials to
each U.S. dollar. They were followed by a sharp fall in non-oil exports.

The rules have been liberalised since, allowing exporters to sell hard
currency at a more advantageous rate on the bourse, to boost non-oil exports
amid a recent fall in oil revenues due to a slump in oil prices.

Iran's non-oil exports rose to $526 million in the two months to May 21, an
increase of almost 48 percent year on year. The exports had fallen two
percent to about $3 billion in the year to March 1999.

Iran's news agency IRNA said the rial's floating rate closed on Tuesday at
8,120 to the U.S. dollar on the bourse. On the active black market, the
currency was exchanged at 8,940 rials to each dollar on Monday, Hamshahri
said. The main official exchange rate is 3,000 rials to the dollar.

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 18:57:55 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Manteg-E Azad News Paper: Lost Dead Body

Lost Dead Body

MANATEQ-E AZAD * This pro-administration daily, in a report from
Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, wrote, "The name (Saeed Emami) was not in the
computer of the cemetery
and the cemetery officials forbade the newspaper reporter from following
up the issue due to security reasons." Azad asked, "Was Saeed Emami the
dead man who was
buried in Behesht-e Zahra last week?"

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