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Iran Frees Student Leader After 9 Weeks

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
Associated Press Writer

September 26, 2003, 1:34 PM EDT


TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran released a prominent student leader Thursday after detaining him for nine weeks for his alleged role in massive demonstrations in June.

Saeed Razavi Faqih walked out of Evin prison in north Tehran on Thursday evening, his friend Saeed Shariati told The Associated Press in a phone call. Faqih was receiving friends and well-wishers who had come to congratulate him, Shariati said, who was with Faqih as he spoke.

"Faqih had been kept in solitary confinement without trial throughout the period of his detention," said Shariati, who is a senior member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the country's largest reformist party.

Faqih was detained in mid-July as police cracked down on those who were suspected of instigating the country's largest protests in months.

The demonstrations began with students objecting to plans to privatize universities, entailing a substantial increase in fees. The demonstrations quickly snowballed into displays of opposition to the hard-line clerical establishment, with protesters daring to shout slogans against supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Some demonstrators also denounced President Mohammad Khatami, accusing him of failing to fulfill his promises of democratic reform.

The demonstrations faded after the proposal to raise fees was withdrawn and the government deployed hundreds of police in the streets. Hard-liners deployed vigilantes and thugs who attacked protesters with knives and sticks.

It was not immediately clear if Faqih will still be charged. Judicial authorities could not be reached Thursday. They do not normally comment on the release of a political detainee.

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-iran-student-leader,0,5537714.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines
16 posted on 09/26/2003 10:53:45 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
Thank you. Good news.
17 posted on 09/26/2003 10:55:52 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks
18 posted on 09/26/2003 10:56:17 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
Revolution ~ Now!
19 posted on 09/26/2003 11:04:41 AM PDT by blackie
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To: F14 Pilot
Thanks for the heads up!
20 posted on 09/26/2003 11:08:49 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: F14 Pilot
"It was not immediately clear if Faqih will still be charged."

? I hope there's no possibility of this.
28 posted on 09/26/2003 9:06:21 PM PDT by nuconvert
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