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Iran: Tehran Takes A Keen Interest In Regional Road Building

By Antoine Blua
Voice of America 8.8.2003

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34 posted on 08/08/2003 2:53:15 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Go easy, says Khatami

Middle-east Times 8.8.2003

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the judiciary to show leniency to dozens of students who were arrested during pro-democracy protests in June and July.

The announcement follows growing calls by student bodies, reformist politicians and human rights groups for the release of students arrested during street protests which took place in several Iranian cities in the past two months.

Judiciary officials said in July that 4,000 people were arrested during the protests although more than half of them were quickly released.

Mohsen Safaei Farahani, parliament's special envoy to investigate the status of detained students, said that 30 were being held in Tehran's Evin prison, where most of Iran's leading political dissidents are detained.

Local analysts said Khamenei's move on Tuesday may indicate an effort by Iran's clerical establishment to ease lingering tensions left by the protests and the wave of arrests.

His instruction to the judiciary came in response to a letter he received from two of his appointed representatives in tertiary education.

"We are asking you, if you agree, to order that the few [arrested] students... be handled based on Islamic kindness and mercy and the grounds be prepared for their release," Mohsen Qomi and Muhammad Hassan Aboutorabi wrote in their letter to Khamenei.

Khamenei, who has the last word on all state matters in the Islamic Republic, said he agreed generally with this suggestion but that it was up to the institutions responsible for their detention to decide how the leniency would be exercised.

Local media earlier this week reported that Tehran's Revolutionary Court had sentenced two students.

One received a 10 million rial ($1,250) fine and a suspended sentence of 30 lashes. The other was handed a three-month jail term and a suspended sentence of 50 lashes. Four other students were acquitted.

35 posted on 08/08/2003 2:54:18 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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