فريدون زرنگار، مصاحبه با كاظم كردواني <ENGLISH><TITLE>The Plot Behind Summoning Writers and Lawyers to Public Places Supervision Office</TITLE><AUTHOR>Fereydoun Zarnegar, interview with Kazem Kardovani, '</AUTHOR><TEXT>The Law Enforcement Force’s Public Places Supervision Office, to the basement of which prominent writers and lawyers have been summoned in the recent weeks, is only a cover for the operations of two IRI secret police organizations: the Intelligence Unit of the Armed Forces (Etel’at Nirooyahe Mossalah) and the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Security Intelligence (Hefazat Etela’at-e Sepah), says Kazem Kardavani, a former board member of the Iranian Writers Association during an interview with RFE/RL.
Kardavani adds, after the assassination of the writers and political activists by the so-called rogue officers of the IRI Ministry of Intelligence and Security in 1977, he and a host of other prominent writers and poets were summoned to the same office, but for protection against possible assassination. An army intelligence colonel there explained to them that he was only using the Public Places Supervision Office as a cover.
According to Kardovani, "a unified will" is behind the coordinated efforts of the past three years against the reform-minded writers, journalists, politicians lawyers and students. The coordinated efforts of this "will" began with the prosecution of the participants of the Berlin Conference and continued with closing of the reformist newspapers, arresting writers and student activists and so on.
Public Places Supervision Office is being used, he adds, to divert attention away from the Judiciary, which has recently come under heavy criticism.
Kardavani speculates that the basement interrogations of journalists and lawyers are being carried on in preparation for a trial in which the aging writer, Siamak Pourzand, who has been in detention for the past two months, will be forced to admit that he had been the conduit for the distribution of a $4 million US grant to reformist press and writers in Iran.</TEXT></ENGLISH>