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Summary of Iran Stories of Today&apos;s BroadcastsBehnam NateghiSaturday, January 04, 2003 <b>Iranians Shun Local Councils Elections</b> * A day before the deadline expires for registration of applicants for candidacy in the local councils elections, only 51,000 people have applied to stand for election to 170,000 seats, according to Mohammad-Ali Moshfeq, the interior ministry&apos;s director of elections. The moderate daily <i>Entekhab</i> called it a blow to President Khatami, who has always boasted of wide participation in elections. The pro-Khatami party the Participation Front (Jebheh-ye Mosharekat) and other reformists called for greater participation of people in the local councils elections. (Ali Sajjadi, Washington) * The statements of pro-reform parties show that the lukewarm participation of people in the local elections has little to do with factional dispute. Observers see it a result of public frustration with the local councils in general. (Bahman Bastani, Prague) <b>Pollster Complains of Pressure in Jail</b> * Jailed pollster Behruz Geranpayeh, head of the padlocked national center for public opinion research, complained to his wife during a supervised meeting at the Evin prison that he was about to be crushed under pressure in jail. Geranpayeh who has spent more than 70 days in solitary prison, is on trial, along with officials of Ayandeh, another padlocked polling agency, for gathering sensitive information on Iran for foreign governments. They were arrested after the publication of a poll that showed nearly 75 percent of respondents favor the resumption of US-Iran relations. Geranpayeh apologized for having accused his fellow Participation Front board member MP Mohsen Mirdamadi, head of the Majles national security and foreign relations committee of passing government secrets to foreigners. This was a first time since the start of the pollsters&apos; trials that a defendant complained about maltreatment in jail. (Golnaz Esfandiari, Prague) * Reformist journalist Alireza Alavi-Tabar, a board member of the pro-Khatami party the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebheh-ye Mosharekat-e Iran-e Eslami), who is a defendant in the pollsters&apos; trial, denied all charges against himself and other officials of the Ayandeh polling agency. In a statement published on the Internet, Aliavi-Tabar, who is not in jail, held the Supreme Leader responsible for the trial, which he characterized as a political attack on the reformists. He said because his fellow defendants Abbas Abdi and Hossein Ghazian did not defend themselves in court, he decided to explain and refute the charges against them. In the letter he confirmed Abdi&apos;s theory that Iran is deadlocked by a dual government. His statement did not conform to his co-defendants&apos; expressions of guilt and apology. Analysts say he may have chosen to speak up before finding himself in their situation. (Jamshid Zand, Prague) <b>Officials Differ on the Balance of Iran&apos;s Foreign Exchange Reserve</b> * The central bank governor announced that there is $7.1 billion in Iran&apos;s foreign exchange reserve fund, but the economic deputy of the management and budget organization put the fund&apos;s balance at zero. Meanwhile, a trustee of the fund said it has more than $6 billion on deposit and another trustee put the total on deposit at only $4 billion. The foreign exchange reserve fund was created by the Third Five-Year Development Plan as insurance against falling oil prices. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>Congressman Sherman on US-Iran Relations</b> * US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-California) tells young Iranians in an interview with <b>Radio Farda</b> that freedom will prevail in Iran but that Iran, with its strong cultural heritage, would not become a mirror of the US. He added that Iran would have a better relationship with the US if the Iranian people were allowed to elect their leaders. The US looks forward to a democratic Iran, which would have no better friend than the US, he noted. (Mahtab Farid, Washington) <b>Shah&apos;s Finance Minister on the Crumbling Revoluton</b> * In an article for the quarterly magazine <i>Foreign Affairs</i> the World Bank&apos;s senior advisor and former finance minister under the Shah, Jahangir Amuzgar, writes that the 1979 Islamic Revolution is being challenged by the young generation who consider Ayatollah Khomeini&apos;s promise of a free and democratic society a deception. He writes that the US can help the Iranian people by supporting anti-regime movements, financing foreign-based radio and TV broadcasts to Iran and internationally condemning the rule of the ayatollahs. (Maryam Ahmadi, Washington) <b>Trade Volume Falls in the Tehran Exchange</b> * Iran&apos;s closed economy usually protects stock investors from the fluctuations in the world economy, but in past five days, volume dropped by 51 percent and the number of buyers dropped by 19 percent, proving that like stock exchanges in the rest of the world, the Tehran exchange cannot be immune to the prospect of the possible US attack on Iraq. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>Fuel Smuggling to Pakistan</b> * The director of economic coordination for the Sistan-va-Baluchestan province said more than 500,000 liters of heavily-subsidized oil products are being smuggled to neighboring Pakistan per day. (Kian Manavi, Prague) <b>US-Iran Friendship Treaty</b> * Houston businessman Abuala Soudavar, who has sued the US for discriminating against Iranians in the airports and at border crossings, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that according to the 1955 US-Iran Friendship Treaty, which is a Supreme Law of the Land, Iranians are entitled to any special treatment that the US gives to any other third-party. (Behnam Nateghi, New York) <b>Nationalist Opposition Seeks Role in Local Election</b> * The nationalist-religious opposition groups, the Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI) and the coalition of nationalist-religious activists, plan to field their members as candidates in the upcoming local councils elections. In a letter to the association of political parties, FMI secretary-general Ebrahim Yazdi ignored an Islamic revolutionary court&apos;s order to ban his party, and said nationally unity cannot take place without the participation of all political groups. The conservatives have been blocking the nationalist politicians from entering the elections and testing their popularity. (Mina Baharmast, Prague) <b>Intelligence Ministry Arrests Writer for Appearing on Radio Azadi</b> * Writer Ali Soliemani tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that plainclothes intelligence ministry agents arrested him last November in his house in a town near Ardabil, the center of Ardabil province. He said after 10 days of interrogation and 18 more days in jail, he was tried on national security charges and for appearing on Radio Azadi (Radio Freedom, that preceded <b>Radio Farda</b>. بهروزگرانپايه، مدير زنداني موسسه ملي پژوهش افكار عمومي، متهم شماره يك پرونده نظرسنجي، روز پنجشنبه در حضور سه بازجو در زندان اوين به همسر خود گفت در زندان انفرادي در حال له شدن است. گرانپايه به همراه عباس عبدي و حسين قاضيان، مسئولان يك موسسه نظرسنجي ديگر به نام آينده، به دنبال انتشار نتايج يك نظرسنجي كه نشان مي داد نزديك به 75 درصد پاسخ دهندگان خواستار از سرگيري رابطه ايران و آمريكا بودند، بازداشت شد. اتهام آنها، از جمله، جمع آوري اطلاعات مورد نياز كشورهاي بيگانه اعلام شد. گرانپايه از اينكه در دادگاه محسن ميردامادي، رئيس كميسيون امنيت ملي مجلس، را عامل انتقال اطلاعات محرمانه به دولت هاي بيگانه معرفي كرد، تاسف ابراز كرد و از همسر خود خواست از ميردامادي معذرت بخواهد. گرانپايه از سلول انفرادي به سلولي در كنار محسن قاضيان، متهم ديگر پرونده نظر سنجي منتقل شد. اصلاح طلبان اميدوار بودند كه متهمان پرونده نظرسنجي براي اقرار و اعتراف زيرشكنجه قرار نگرفته باشند. در صورتي كه اعمال شكنجه عليه اين متهمان ثابت شود, همه اعتراف هاي آنها در بازجوئي ها و دادگاه بي اعتبار مي شود و پرونده سرنوشت تازه اي پيدا مي كند.
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