LABOR: Judiciary Charges Arrested Teachers Association Leaders with Anti-Regime Activities
The Islamic revolutionary court charged secretary-general and spokesman of the teachers trade union with anti-regime activities. Conservative Majles MPs began a behind-the-scenes effort to get Mahmud Beheshti-Langeroudi and Ali-Asgar Zati released, as the union called off a demonstration in front of Majles.
Radio Farda Newsroom
July 13, 2004 - Seventy-two hours after their arrest, the judiciary slapped secretary general of the trade association of teachers Mahmud Beheshti-Langaroudi and the associations spokesperson Ali-Asghar Zati of anti-government activities.
Ali Pourseleyman, central council member of Irans teachers organization, another teachers group, tells Radio Fardas broadcaster Farin Asemi that as result of talks with conservative Majles MPs Hajji Babai and Noee Eqdam, a protest demonstration by teachers in front of the Majles has been cancelled. Mr. Hajji Babai, who is a member of the Majles education committee has promised to resolve the current problem through peaceful means, he says.
He says now that the charges against the two arrested teachers union leaders have been announced, they should be released until their trial. Their detention is unconstitutional, he adds, since no charges against them has been proved in court. He appeals to the office for legal protection of teachers in the education ministry not to leave these two teachers alone.