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There are 11 messages totalling 506 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Meshkini's speach at Friday prayer (Farsi)
2. German's Iranian lawyer still hopeful despite upholding of death sentence
3. Iran says it will continue to seek peaceful Turkey-Syria solution
4. Iran's Supreme Court to review case of German sentenced to death
5. US seeks to create tension between Iran, Gulf Arabs: Tehran
6. Bonn "shocked" by death sentence against German in Iran
7. Iranian opposition group calls for boycott of key poll
8. Iran ambassador summoned to German ministry over hanging sentence
9. Taliban militia to release 10 Iranian prisoners: report
10. US sees no change in Iran's foreign policy: Cohen
11. Tehran radio raps Germany for "politicizing" Hofer's case

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Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 15:37:21 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: Meshkini's speach at Friday prayer (Farsi)

You can read this file in Farsi font, using www.payvand.com/gerdsooz

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Smarh 4065 Snbh 81 mhr 7731


Ayt~allh mhdvykny drnmazjmeh thran:baSrkt gstrdh drantKabat Kbrgan,
dSmnan aslam vanqlab ra mayvs knyd
nmazjmeh thran dyrvz ba Hxvr hzaran tn az nmazgzaran thrany v bh amamt
Ayt~allh mHmdrxa mhdvy~kny brgzar Sd.
Ayt~allh mhdvy~kny dr KTbh nKst nmazjmeh nmazgzaran ra bh
reayt tqvy tvCyh krd v ba brSmrdn mraHl tqvy aXhar daSt:bray
rsydn bh drjat eXym menvy bayd Hqyqt qrAn drrvH ma tjly v
tjsm pyda knd.
amam jmeh mvqt thran gft: 02 sal az anqlab aslamy mygZrd
anqlaby kh bray tHqq v HfX An bzrgany bh fyx eXym Shadt nail
Sdnd v ayn ma hstym kh bayd rah Anan ra adamh dhym.
vy takyd krd : ma nbayd zHmaty ra kh bray tHqq v HfX ayn anqlab
kSydh Sdh az byn bbrym v aycargryha ra framvS knym.
Ayt~allh mhdvy~kny dr abtday ayn KTbh ba tSryH elt brgzary
nmaz jmeh thran bh amamt vy, gft kh hr Ghar amamjmeh mvqt thran,
namzd mjls Kbrgan hstnd v bray reayt qanvn antKabat, az Hxvr dr
nmazjmeh mne Sdhand. bh gzarS Kbrgzary jmhvry
aslamy, Ayt~allh mhdvy~kny dr KTbh dvm nmaz jmeh thran, ))vlayt(( ra
rkn rkyn nXam Zkr krd v gft:Anha kh mygvynd ))qanvn asasy mycaq mly
ast bayd aCl mhm An, yeny vlayt fqyh ra hm bpZyrnd.
vy vlayt ra nvey ))qymvmt(( Kvand v afzvd:vlayt az svyy
antKaby v az svyy antCaby ast, grGh bexyha mygvynd ma qym
nmyKvahym vly hmanha hm bh aKtyar, bray Kvd qym antKab myknnd.
amamjmeh mvqt thran ))nmayndgan mjls Svray aslamy((
ra az dydgahy, qym mrdm, v ))avlyay antKaby(( danst v aXhar daSt:agr
jmeyt zyady bh yk nmayndh dr Shrstany ray dhnd, av vkyl tmam
mrdm kSvr bh Hsab myAyd.albth
nmayndgy qabl ezl ast v yk vkyl
nmytvand Klaf Kvasth mvklanS
eml knd.
))mhdvy kny(( gft:brKy
mygvynd ))qanvn asasy, mycaq mly
ast(( v dygr tvxyHy nmydhnd, ayn
drst ast ama nbayd hmh aCvl qanvn
asasy ra dr yk rdyf qrar dad.dr
ayn qanvn, aCvly hst kh rkn v
asas nXam mast, v aCvly nyz vjvd
dard kh Gnyn nyst.
bh gfth vy, dr qanvn asasy,
Amdh ast kh ))aslam dyn rsmy
kSvr ast(( ayn aCl, yk rkn
asasy ast v ta abd tQyyr nKvahd
krd, nmySvd rfrandvmy brgzar krd
ta mrdm bgvynd ))ma aslam ra
nmyKvahym.(( vy ))tvHyd v Kdaprsty((, ))hdfdar bvdn Klqt((, ))msivlyt
pZyry dr brabr Kda v Klq Kda((, ))vlayt pZyry((, ))vlayt bh envan
amry xrvry dr zndgy ajtmaey(( v nyz ))vlayt bh mnzlh nvey qymvmt((
ra SS nkth mhm qanvn asasy kSvr Zkr krd kh dr nXam aslamy bh envan
rkn mHsvb mySvd.
Ayt~allh mhdvy~kny aXhar daSt:bh sbb ahmyt vlayt dr nXam
aslamy, mjls Kbrgan, balatryn mjls dr nXam ast.grGh bexyha
metqdnd ayn mjls, nan v Ab bray mrdm nmyAvrd, ama srnvSt kSvr
bdst mjls Kbrgan ast v bh hmyn sbb ast kh rsanhha v radyvhay
byganh mrdm ra tSvyq bh edm Srkt dr antKabat Kbrgan myknnd.
KTyb jmeh thran, dr bKS dygry az KTbh dvm nmaz, bh bHc
))Azady(( prdaKt v afzvd:bHchayy kh aknvn dr jameh drbarh ))Azady v
qanvn v dyn(( dr jryan ast, bh SrT Ankh Seary nbaSd v jnbh tHqyqy
daSth baSd, bsyar mTlvb ast.
vy gft:aknvnsh dydgah drbarh Azady dr kSvr vjvd dard,
dydgahy kh Azady ra aCl vqanvn v dyn ra dr mrHlh bedy An mydand,
nXryhay kh Azady v dyn ra hmTraz v hmsng mypndard v dydgahy kh
metqd ast dyn v msivlyt dr brabr Kda aCl ast v Azady vsylhay
ast bray pyadhkrdn dyn.
))mhdvy~kny(( baaSarh bh aynkh mqCvdS az Azady, Azady Hqvqy v
syasy ast, v nh Azady flsfy, axafh krd:mn qvl AKr ra qbvl darm,
dr mktb ma, ayn Azady bed az msivlyt ast.Azady ra ta Anja kh
msivlyt az byn nrvd, bayd bh Hdaql rsand.
amam jmeh mvqt thran, dr payan KTbh dvm nmaz, az tmamy vajdyn
SrayT raydadn Kvast rvz avl Aban bh pay Cndvqhay ray brvnd v
ba ray Kvd, dl Hxrt vlyeCr)ej( ra Sad v dSmnan aslam v anqlab ra
mayvs knnd.
ayn gzarS Hakyst Hjtalaslam Cdyqy dr sKnrany qbl
az KTbhha bmnasbt brgzary antKabat mjls Kbrgan sKnany ayrad krd.
dr HaSyh nmazjmeh thran qrar bvd nmazjmeh dyrvz thran kh
hzarmyn nmazjmeh bed az pyrvzy anqlab aslamy bvd bh amamt Ayt~allh
haSmy rfsnjany aqamh grdd ama bh jht namzdbvdn aySan dr mjls
Kbrgan v bray reayt qanvn antKabat nmazjmeh ayn hfth bh amamt Ayt~allh
mhdvy~kny aqamh Sd.
dr nmazjmeh dyrvz thran tedady az mqamhay lSkry v kSvry,
nmayndgan mjls Svray aslamy, Kanvadhhay meXm Shda, v janbazan
anqlab aslamy Hxvr daStnd.
dhha tn az Kvahran v madran Shday lbnan tHt envan karvan
Shday lbnan nyz ba Hxvr dr danSgah thran hmrah ba Kvahran ayrany Kvd
nmazjmeh ra brgzar krdnd.
hmzman ba rvz jhany ))pst(( Aqay earf vzyr pst v tlgraf v
tlfn bh hmrah tedad zyady az karknan
vzartKanh mtbve dr Haly kh lbashay
mtHdalSkl bh tn daStnd dr mrasm
nmazjmeh Srkt krdnd.
dr payan mrasm baSkvh nmazjmeh thran, tblyQat vyJh antKabat svmyn
dvrh mjls Kbrgan nyz dr fxayy Aram az svy grvhhay mKtlf
Cvrt grft.
namzdhay antKabat mjls Kbrgan dr payan mrasm nmaz aqdam bh tvzye
brvSvrhay antKabaty v eks v pvstrhay aKtCaCy Kvd krdnd kh ba
astqbal Kvb nmazgzaran rvbrv Sd.
tmam Hqvq mHfvX v mtelq bh rvznamh jmhvry aslamy ast.
mjry fny: mvssh gstrS aTlaeat v artbaTat frhngy nda rayanh.

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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:02:27 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: German's Iranian lawyer still hopeful despite upholding of death
sentence

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - The Iranian lawyer for a German
businessman facing a death sentence here for having an affair with a
Moslem woman remained optimistic Saturday despite an appeal court
decision upholding the sentence.
The lawyer, Malek-Hushang Qahari, confirmed reports in the
Tehran press that the appeal court had upheld the death sentence
against businessman Helmut Hofer, but said the German now had 20
days to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court "will probably overturn the ruling ... because
of the experienced and distinguished judges there," Qahari said.
"There are good chances of its being overturned," he said,
adding that, even if the Supreme Court confirmed the sentence, there
remained a last-ditch hope of a pardon from Iran's supreme leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"The leader is careful about the execution of justice," he
said.
In 1994, Khamenei pardoned a German engineer, Helmut Szimkus,
who had also been sentenced to death for alleged spying for Iraq
while it was at war with Iran.
Hofer, 57, was originally sentenced to death by a lower court in
January under a law banning sexual relations between Moslems and
non-Moslems.
The German foreign ministry warned at the time that the case
could have "a most serious adverse effect on ties."


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:02:40 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran says it will continue to seek peaceful Turkey-Syria solution

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi
said Saturday Tehran will continue its efforts to mediate a peaceful
solution to the escalating war of words between Syria and Turkey.
"All Islamic nations must work to find a negotiated solution to
the crisis, because it can only benefit our enemies," Kharazi said
after returning from a mediation mission to Damascus and Ankara.
Kharazi reported some "positive signs" and declared Iran will
continue its efforts to resolve the dispute peacefully, the official
news agency IRNA said.
On his mediation trip he brought a message from Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami to Turkish President Suleyman Demirel
urging him to "favour diplomatic efforts" to resolve the crisis.
Turkey and Syria have been engaged in an escalating war of
words, with Ankara accusing its southern neighbour of supporting the
PKK, which has been waging a rebellion in the mostly Kurdish region
of southeastern Turkey since 1984 that has left some 31,000 dead.
Turkey also accuses Syria of harbouring PKK leader Abdullah
Ocalan in Damascus or in Syrian controlled areas of Lebanon.
Syria has repeatedly denied the charges.
Iran is one of Syria's chief allies and currently holds the
presidency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:02:16 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran's Supreme Court to review case of German sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Oct 10 (AFP) - The case of a German businessman
sentenced to death here for having an affair with a Moslem woman has
been forwarded to Iran's Supreme Court, justice officials said
Saturday.
Said Nobari, the head of the justice department's public
relations office, told AFP that the court had "corrected three
defects" in the case of the businessman Helmut Hofer and forwarded
it to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, to which Hofer had appealed after the death
sentence was handed down by a lower court in January, had sent the
case to the appeal court for the three "defects" to be corrected.
The government daily Iran said Saturday that the appeal court
had upheld the death sentence imposed on the 57-year-old German
under a law banning sexual relations between Moslems and
non-Moslems.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:03:25 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: US seeks to create tension between Iran, Gulf Arabs: Tehran

TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - Iran accused the United States on Sunday
of seeking to create tension between the Islamic republic and its
Gulf Arab neighbors in a bid to scare the Arab monarchies into
buying American weapons.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mahmud Mohammadi blasted US Secretary
of Defense William Cohen, who is on a tour of Gulf countries,
accusing him of "seeking to create an atmosphere of cynicism and
tension in the region."
"At a time when a new positive atmosphere has been created for
the region's Islamic states, the American defense secretary, in line
with his country's retarded policies, is seeking to create an
atmosphere of cynicism and tension in the region," he said
"Every time the countries of the Persian Gulf region move to
strengthen the atmosphere of friendship in the interest and security
of all, the Americans begin their tension-inspiring talk," Mohammadi
added, quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA.
He charged that Cohen's "efforts to cause worry in the region
about Iran's defense capabilities derive from America's fear of the
expansion of ties between Iran and other countries in the region."
"All such efforts undertaken by the United States are to sell
new weapons to the region," the Iranian spokesman added.
Cohen said in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi Sunday that Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami has instituted a new moderation regarding
domestic affairs but that the Islamic republic's foreign policy
remains unchanged.
"There can be no significant improvement in relations with the
US as long as Iran continues to support terrorism, to build weapons
of mass destruction and oppose the Middle East peace process," he
said.
"We have seen no change in foreign policy. Until that takes
place, it will be very difficult to have a better relationship with
Iran," Cohen added.
Khatami's government has intensified efforts to improve
relations with Arab neighbors across the Gulf as part of its policy
of detente with the outside world.
Cohen arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday on the third leg of his Gulf
tour. He has since Thursday held talks in Bahrain and Qatar, and
visited the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:03:00 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Bonn "shocked" by death sentence against German in Iran

BONN, Oct 10 (AFP) - German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said
Saturday the Iranian ambassador had been summoned urgently to
receive a protest over a death sentence in Iran against a German who
had an affair with a Moslem woman.
Saying Bonn was "shocked," Kinkel alleged that the sentence
"runs counter to all our expectations after numerous contacts
between our embassy (in Tehran) and the Iranian government."
The foreign minister said he had given instructions for the
Iranian ambassador to be summoned during the day "to be informed of
our indignation, our total incomprehension and German government
protests."
Businessman Helmut Hofer, 57, has 20 days to lodge an appeal
with the Supreme Court after the appeals court upheld a sentence
passed earlier this year of death by hanging, his Tehran lawyer
said.
The woman, identified only as "Vahideh G.," was sentenced to 100
lashes under laws banning sexual relations between Moslems and
non-Moslems.
Confirmation of the sentence "inevitably casts a new shadow over
bilateral hopes for an improvement in relations," Kinkel said.
In 1994, Iran pardoned a German engineer, Helmut Szimkus, who
had also been sentenced to death for alleged spying for Iraq while
it was at war with Iran.
The Hofer case threatens to spark a fresh downturn in Iran's
relations with Germany and the European Union if the appeal court's
decision is confirmed by the Supreme Court.
The threat to Iran's ties with the European Union comes just
weeks after a marked improvement following a decision by London and
Tehran to put the affair of British author Salman Rushdie behind
them.
Poor relations between Iran and the European Union were only
repaired in November last year after a seven-month freeze over a
German court judgment implicating Iranian leaders in the 1992 murder
of four dissidents in Berlin.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:04:57 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian opposition group calls for boycott of key poll

TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - Iran's main liberal opposition group
called on Sunday for the boycott of the upcoming elections for the
Assembly of Experts because of the rejection of many candidates by
conservative authorities.
The Iran Freedom Movement (IFM) complained in a statement faxed
to AFP that "the arbitrary selection of the conditions will not
allow for a massive and popular participation.
"Such a selection will not permit a healthy competition between
candidates," it charged, calling the October 23 elections "a parody
of democracy."
"The IFM will not participate in such elections," it said.
Of 396 hopefuls who had signed up, 167 have been approved to run
in the elections for the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible
for appointing or dismissing the country's supreme leader, a post
presently held by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Hopefuls went through tight screening by the Council of the
Guardians, a conservative-dominated body which seeks to ensure
candidates meet the regime's moral and ideological criteria.
The number of candidates approved is deemed by many as
insufficient as the assembly has 86 seats. In three polling regions
only one hopeful has been cleared, prompting the council to ask
candidates in other regions to transfer themselves to one of these
three areas.
The leftist and moderate factions of the regime have also
criticized the screening process as unfair.
But the council argues that most of those rejected did not meet
the electoral standards, which are to be famously religious and have
a high level of proficiency in religious matter.

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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:04:16 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran ambassador summoned to German ministry over hanging sentence

BONN, Oct 10 (AFP) - Iran's ambassador to Germany said Saturday
that Tehran hoped its relations with Bonn would not cool following
the upholding of a death sentence passed on a German businessman for
having an affair with a Moslem woman, the foreign ministry said.
Ambassador Ahmad Azizi had been summoned to the ministry after
the Iranian appeals court upheld the conviction of businessman
Helmut Hofer after two hearings and sentenced him to death by
hanging.
The woman, identified only as "Vahideh G.," was sentenced to 100
lashes. Azizi promised German officials that the Iranian foreign
ministry would "rapidly" instigate an appeals process and to ensure
that justice is respected.
German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hans-Friedrich von
Ploetz told Azizi that the German government was "shocked and deeply
affected" by the court's decision.
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel earlier said Bonn was
"shocked" and that Hofer's sentence "runs counter to all our
expectations after numerous contacts between our embassy (in Tehran)
and the Iranian government."
Kinkel had said he wanted the Iranian ambassador "to be informed
of our indignation, our total incomprehension and German government
protests."
The case threatens to spark a fresh downturn in Iran's relations
with Germany and its 14 European Union partners if the appeals court
decision is confirmed by the Supreme Court.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:04:26 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Taliban militia to release 10 Iranian prisoners: report

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (AFP) - The Taliban authorities Sunday agreed
to release 10 Iranian prisoners as a gesture of goodwill for
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP)
reported.
The decision was announced in the southwestern Afghan city of
Kandahar after Arafat's special envoy Mohammed Khader held talks
with the Taliban militia's chief Mulla Mohammad Omar, it said.
It was not immediately clear if the mission of Arafat's envoy
was to promote a reconciliation between the two Moslem neighbours.
Quoting Taliban officials, the Pakistan-based private news
service said arrangements were being made to shift the prisoners
from the Taliban jails and transport them to Iran.
AIP said the hardline Taliban had so far released 25 Iranians
captured mostly after the August 8 fall of the opposition stronghold
of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
Relations between Tehran and the Taliban nosedived after the
massacre of eight Iranian diplomats and an Iranian journalist in the
wake of the hardline militia's triumph in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Tehran has since deployed tens of thousands of troops along
Afghanistan's western border amid mounting tensions.
Khader who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday, earlier held talks
with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Foreign Minister
Sartaj Aziz on efforts to defuse tension between Tehran and the
Taliban regime in Kabul.
The Taliban last month said they were holding some 50 Iranians
including 35 truck drivers accused of transporting arms and supplies
for the opposition alliance in northern Afghanistan.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:04:43 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: US sees no change in Iran's foreign policy: Cohen

ABU DHABI, Oct 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has
instituted a new moderation regarding domestic affairs but the
Islamic republic's foreign policy remains unchanged, US Defense
Secretary William Cohen said Sunday.
"There can be no significant improvement in relations with the
US as long as Iran continues to support terrorism, to build weapons
of mass destruction and oppose the Middle East peace process," he
told reporters in Abu Dhabi.
Cohen said there had been no secret talks between the United
States and Iran since Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offered
in April to work for a thaw in relations.
"There has been no offer on the part of the Iranians to elevate
discussions to government-to-government level," he said.
Cohen said the United States had been "encouraged somewhat by
Khatami's moderation as far as domestic policies are concerned"
since his election as president last year.
"But we have seen no change in foreign policy. Until that takes
place, it will be very difficult to have a better relationship with
Iran," he said.
The United States broke off diplomatic ties with Iran in April
1980 after Islamic revolutionaries took hostages at the US embassy
in Tehran. They were released in January 1981.
The State Department said at the start of October that it had
not withdrawn its offer to establish official dialogue with Iran and
would remain patient despite Tehran's rebuffs.
"In order to succeed in diplomacy one has to be patient, and we
intend to be patient," spokesman James Rubin said.
Tehran has ruled out any political dialogue with the United
States as long as Washington does not take concrete measures to halt
its efforts to isolate Iran.
The United States has slapped an economic embargo on Iran,
mainly affecting the energy sector.
Cohen arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday on the third leg of a Gulf
tour. He has since Thursday held talks in Bahrain and Qatar, and
visited the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.


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Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:05:14 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Tehran radio raps Germany for "politicizing" Hofer's case

TEHRAN, Oct 11 (AFP) - Iran's state radio criticized Germany on
Sunday for "politicizing" the case of German businessman Helmut
Hofer who is sentenced to death here for having a sexual affair with
a Moslem woman.
"The Germans seems to be wanting to influence the procedure of
the case as they claim (the ruling) will effect bilateral relations"
it said.
"This is a minor judicial matter which must not be affected by
political relations between Tehran and Bonn," it said.
"No one benefits from dragging this case out," the radio added,
also criticizing "the Western media, especially German" for giving
it "such extensive publicity."
The newspaper Iran said Saturday an appeals court here had
upheld the death sentence on Hofer, provoking a strong reaction from
Bonn.
Tehran's justice department explained that the court's decision
would now go back before the Supreme Court to which Hofer appealed
after the death sentence was first ordered in January.
The appeals court had "corrected three defects" in the case
which the Supreme Court had asked it to review, it said.
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said Bonn was "shocked" by
a judgement which "runs counter to all our expectations after
numerous contacts between our embassy (in Tehran) and the Iranian
government."
Iran's ambassador to Germany Ahmad Azizi was summoned to the
German foreign ministry after the announcement to hear of Germany's
"indignation."
German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hans-Friedrich von
Ploetz told Azizi that the German government was "shocked and deeply
affected" by the court's decision.
Top German diplomats have met with Iranian officials several
times on behalf of the 57-year-old businessman.
But Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi complimented Bonn in July for
"acting well and allowing the judiciary to do its job."
"I told them if they politicize it, it may make the matter more
complicated and political here," he said.
The case threatens to spark a fresh downturn in Iran's relations
with Germany and its 14 European Union partners if the appeals court
decision is confirmed by the Supreme Court.


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