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There are 5 messages totalling 190 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Iran/IRNA: press conference on suspicious murders postponed
2. Iran/BBC: Iranian editors oppose press law changes
3. Iran/World Tribune.com: Turkey warns Iran against helping PKK
4. Iran/Reuters: Iran dismisses U.S. interference in spy case
5. Iran/Student Movement: Notice of Un-Limited Strike for the illegal arrest
of Tabarzadi

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 21:53:23 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/IRNA: press conference on suspicious murders postponed

thr 013
murders-niazi

press conference on suspicious murders postponed

tehran, july 4, irna --

the press conference of the head of the
judicial organization of the armed forces hojatoleslam mohammad
niazi which was scheduled for today was postponed to the next week,
it was announced here sunday.
head of the public relations department of the judicial
organization of the armed forces said that the press conference
was postponed due to ''occupational issues''.
the news media were informed of niazi's sunday talk to the press
over the recent serial killings through an announcement faxed to them
yesterday.
announcing names of four agents involved in the suspicious
murders recently, hojatoleslam niazi said the widespread dimensions of
the killings have not been completed yet.
he said although investigations and explicit confessions have
pushed forward one basic stage in the case, further investigations
over the complicated case will last long.
last year the country was witness to a spate of murders, including
intellectuals, following which an expert judicial body was formed to
probe into the killings.
fs-ns/ys
end
::irna 04/07/99 11:59

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 21:55:39 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/BBC: Iranian editors oppose press law changes

Sunday, July 4, 1999 Published at 23:50 GMT 00:50 UK


World: Middle East

Iranian editors oppose press law changes

The official Iranian news agency says the editors of nine national
newspapers have issued a statement expressing their opposition to proposed
changes to the press law.

The statement says the proposed changes will restrict freedom of the press
in Iran by reducing journalists' job security and making it easier to close
newspapers.

The editors' statement accuses unnamed Iranian political forces of wanting
to apply pressure on the press to preserve their interests.

The proposal to amend the press law is likely to be debated in parliament on
Tuesday; correspondents say it is one of many issues dividing Iran's
reformist President Khatami and the conservative clergy.

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 22:03:45 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/World Tribune.com: Turkey warns Iran against helping PKK

Turkey warns Iran against helping PKK

Special to World Tribune.com
MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE
Monday, July 5, 1999

ANKARA [MENL] -- Turkey has suspended military cooperation with Iran until
it halts aid to Kurdish insurgents.

Officials said the suspension came after Teheran did not respond to an
appeal for a joint effort against members of Abdullah Ocalan's Kurdish
Workers Party. Ocalan was sentenced to death last week and Turkey has been
trying to follow its conviction of the PKK leaders with an international
effort against Kurdish terrorism.

Teheran has accepted PKK members who were driven out of Syria last year,
officials said. They said Ankara now wants Iran to expel the estimated 1,000
Kurdish insurgents and shut down their facilities.

The officials said Turkish representatives will meet with the Iranian
counterparts to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, the Italian Parliament is expected to convene a session this week
to discuss Ocalan's death sentence and relations with Turkey. On Wednesday,
an Italian court of appeals in Rome will decide on Ocalan's request for
political asylum.

If the court approves the appeal the case would be sent to the Court of
Human Rights to request the extradition of Ocalan to Italy.

On Sunday, a Turkish newspaper said Ocalan ordered his members not to launch
attacks. "Show a peaceful approach, otherwise it will be bad for me," the
Turkish daily Sabah quoted the PKK leader as saying.

On Thursday night, PKK attackers killed four civilians and a policeman in
attacks Turkish security officials say were meant to retaliate against the
death sentence.

Unidentified attackers hurled grenades and sprayed automatic fire at a
Turkish cafe in the bloodiest attack in the country since a death sentence
was imposed on Kurdish insurgent leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Turkish media reports said on Friday that the attack was in the town of
Elazig in eastern Turkey. The NTV news said two assailants sprayed a cafe,
killing four people who were inside.

The television reported a local official as saying the attackers fled and
threw grenades in a nearby street before being killed in a shootout with
police. In the shootout, five people were injured.

No group took responsibility for the attack. But Turkish law enforcement
officials were quoted on Friday as saying that the Kurdish Workers Party,
headed by Ocalan, was responsible.

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 21:58:17 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: Iran dismisses U.S. interference in spy case

Iran dismisses U.S. interference in spy case

02:58 a.m. Jul 05, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, July 5 (Reuters) - Iran sharply criticised what it called U.S.
interference over the arrest of 13 Iranian Jews on spying charges, the
official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

``No country has the right to interfere in Iran's internal affairs. To
mention these irresponsible and questionable statements are merely aimed at
furthering specific political objectives,'' the agency quoted foreign
ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi as saying.

He was referring to recent comments by U.S. State Department spokesman James
Foley, who had called Tehran's espionage charges against 13 Iranian Jews
``unfounded and unacceptable'' and said that he believed that the suspects
were innocent.

``Foley's statements are astounding and raise serious questions, as he
appears to have knowledge of the contents of the files of the accused,''
Asefi said.

Iran's powerful speaker of parliament, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, on Sunday
criticised Western governments -- particularly the United States, France and
Italy -- for ``blatantly interfering and meddling in Irans' internal
affairs'' and creating an uproar over the arrests.

Senior conservative officials have called the suspects spies and said they
deserved to hang.

The arrests threaten to seriously undermine efforts by moderate President
Mohammad Khatami to end two decades of estrangement with the West.

Khatami has so far kept a low profile but he has repeatedly pledged support
for the rights of Iran's recognised religious minorities, including Jews.


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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 22:19:22 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Student Movement: Notice of Un-Limited Strike for the illegal
arrest of Tabarzadi

The Student Movement has issued a notice of strike becoming effective on
Tuesday 7/06/1999 (02:00 pm Local Time ) and starting in front of the UN
Representation in Tehran/Iran.

The UN Office is located at: No. 185 Ghaem Magham Farahani Avenue at the
junction of 10 Th. street.

This strike is to protest about the arrest of Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and
Hossein Kashani qualified as illegal; And for condemning the repression of
News Papers, Associations and the silence of Mohammad
Khatami (the islamic president) about these dictatorial methods.

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