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دفاع جبهه مشاركت ايران اسلامي از متهمان پرونده نظرسنجي


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Summary of Iran Stories of Today&apos;s BroadcastsBehnam NateghiSunday, January 05, 2003 <b>Foreign Minister Says US Plans to Change Regime</b> * Foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said in addition to the Iraqi regime, the US plans to change regimes in a number of the countries in the region but does not plan to attack Iran. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian, Prague) <b>Participation Front Party to Defend Pollster</b> * The pro-Khatami reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebheh-ye Mosharekat Iran-e Eslami), announced on Saturday that it would defend Abbas Abdi, a member of its central council accused of falsifying poll results and passing government secrets to the US. Abdi, a leading party theoretician, was arrested two months ago along with Hossein Qazian, head of the Ayandeh polling agency and Behruz Geranpayeh, head of the national center for public opinion research, after the publication of a poll that showed 74 percent of respondents favor the resumption of US-Iran relations. In its latest statement on the pollsters&apos; trial, Mosharekat said last week&apos;s open court confessions of Abdi and other pollsters were worthless, since they were obtained under duress. (Iraj Arianpour, Washington) <b>Cleric Says End of Death by Stoning Is Temporary</b> * High-ranking Qom-based conservative cleric Mohsen Gharavian said the suspension of the death by stoning punishment for adultery was only temporary. He said if the Supreme Leader finds the punishment damaging to Iran&apos;s image abroad, he could decree to ban it temporarily or for good. An end to the death by stoning punishment was among the conditions for the resumption of EU-Iran negotiations on a comprehensive trade cooperation treaty. (Maryam Ahmadi, Washington) <b>Local Councils Elections Fall Short of Candidates</b> * The total number of applicants for candidacy in the upcoming local councils&apos; elections fell short of the total number of empty seats. The interior ministry announced that 70,000 registered to stand in the elections for 170,000 seats. Public participation in official elections has consistently declined since the 1997 election of Mohammad Khatami to the presidency, when 7 million refused to vote. That number increased to 18 million in the 2001 presidential elections. It is expected that more than 20 million voters will abstain in the upcoming local councils&apos; elections. (Ali Sajjadi, Washington) <b>Iran Sees Higher Foreign Currency Spending</b> * The government asked the Majles to raise the foreign currency spending ceiling for the upcoming fiscal year from $11.5 billion to $15.3 billion. Central bank deputy governor Jafar Mojarad said Iran&apos;s potential foreign debt is $23 billion, or 6.5 percent of the GNP, and Iran spends 25 percent of its foreign currency earnings on debt service. (Leyli Sadr, Washington) <b>Death-Row Professor Invites Leading Conservative Cleric to TV Debate</b> * Tehran teachers&apos; college professor Hashem Aghajari, a member of the leftist Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization (MIRO), who has appealed his death sentence, challenged leading conservative cleric Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi to a TV debate and "Mobaheleh," an Islamic confrontation in which the two sides damn each other, hoping that God will punish the wrong party. (Ali Sajjadi, Washington) * Booklets criticizing Hashem Aghajari&apos;s views were distributed in Tehran mosques. Aghajari was condemned to death for insulting Islamic sanctities after a June speech in Hamedan on Islamic Protestantism, during which he criticized the clerical rule and the Shiite principle of religious emulation. (Shireen Famili, Prague) <b>California Iranians Celebrate Day of "De-veiling"</b> * Iranian expats in California observed the former regime&apos;s Women&apos;s Day on the anniversary of Shah Reza Pahlavi&apos;s ban of the Islamic veil. (Homa Sarshar, Los Angeles) <b>Judiciary Denies Jail Break in Gorgan</b> * Golestan province&apos;s deputy judiciary chief Ali Akbar Maqsudnia denied rumors that some prisoners escaped during last Tueday&apos;s fire in a Goran jail cellblock. He said all 50 surviving prisoners have been interrogated as part of a large-scale probe into the fire, which is ongoing. Twenty-seven prisoners died in that fire that reportededly started in the electrical wiring in the ceiling of a locked, crowded cellblock. (Shireen Famili, Prague) <b>Police Arrest 40 Young Partygoers Near Tehran</b> * Paris-based sociologist Azadeh Kian tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that police raided a coed party at a private estate in Shahriar, near Tehran, and arrested forty young men after beating them at the party. The young men, she adds, were beaten further at the police station before appearing in court. She says some have been injured at the hands of the police, but no care has been offered to them. She says no alcoholic drinks or illegal substances were found at the party. (Jean Khakzad, Prague) <b>Defense Minster To Defend IRGC&apos;s Interference in Politics</b> * Eighty-four reformist MPs summoned defense minister Ali Shamkhani to the Majles to answer their questions about the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps&apos; interference in politics. Some MPs have complained that their political rallies were disrupted by IRGC members using official vehicles and equipment. (Alireza Taheri, Prague) <b>Iranian Families&apos; Budget Deficit</b> * According to figures released today by the central bank, the average Iranian household spends 2,92 million rials per month, but earns 2,64 million, thus facing a deficit of 3,36 million rials per year. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>Iran Will Not Attend First Iraqi Opposition Meeting Inside Iraq</b> * Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said Iran will not participate in the upcoming conference of the main Iraqi opposition groups. The meeting is scheduled to be held in Arbil, a town in northern Iraq controlled by Iraq&apos;s Kurdish Democratic Party. Turkey and Syria announced that Iraqi opposition delegations would be allowed passage through their borders. The previous conferences of Iraqi opposition groups were held in London with the participation of US and British officials. (Bahman Bastani, Prague) <b>400 Female Officers Join Tehran Police Force</b> * For the first time since the 1979 revolution, 400 women joined Tehran police force after undergoing weapons and martial arts training. Commander of the women&apos;s unit Mohtaram Massud-Manesh said the women began at the rank of lieutenant and will be promoted under the same circumstances as men. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne) <b>Judiciary Tries Illegal Meat Importers</b> * The Judiciary began trials of 68 defendants in the case against the importers and distributors of what has been termed as "contaminated" meat. Before the prosecutor presented the case, Golam-Ali Riyahi, defense attorney of some of the accused, said the charge that the distributed meat was contaminated has not been proven. Tehran-based journalist Sara Irani tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that most of the defendants work for the veterinary organization which is charged with approving meat for distribution. She adds that the prosecutor told her the defendants imported and distributed large amounts of meat in containers without refrigeration. (Mahmonir Rahimi, Prague) <b>Mostaz&apos;efan Defends its Financial Record</b> * Yahya Al-e Es-haq, a deputy director of the Foundation for the Dispossessed and War Veterans (Bonyad-e Mostaz&apos;efan and Janbazan), Iran&apos;s largest religious-economic cartel, told the official daily <i>Iran</i> that despite rumors the foundation&apos;s annual financial turnover does not exceed 15,000 billion rials ($1.8 billion). Critics accuse the foundation of providing financial support to the conservative faction, the office of the Supreme Leader and even foreign groups. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) . مصطفي تاج زاده، معاون سابق وزارت كشور و عضو شوراي مركزي حزب «جبهه مشاركت ايران اسلامي» روز شنبه اعلام كرد اين حزب از عباس عبدي، عضو شوراي مركزي اين حزب و از هريك از اعضا كه به سبب عقايد خود به محاكمه كشيده مي شوند، دفاع خواهد كرد. وي افزود: اعترافات آنها در دادگاه اعتبار قانوني ندارد زيرا آنها در زندان تحت فشار بودند. وي گفت محاكمه عبدي و ساير متهمان پرونده نظرسنجي به منظور تضعيف جبهه مشاركت و سازمان مجاهدين انقلاب اسلامي، دو تشكل سياسي عمده طرفدار محمدخاتمي، صورت مي گيرد. عبدي و حسين قاضيان، مدير موسسه آينده، به همراه بهزاد گرانپايه، مديرعامل موسسه تعطيل شده مركز ملي پژوهش افكار عمومي، پس از انتشار نظرسنجي كه نشان مي داد 74 درصد از پاسخ دهندگان خواهان از سرگيري رابطه با آمريكا هستند، به زندان افتادند. آنها به جرم جعل نتايج نظرسنجي و همچنين انتقال اطلاعات محرمانه دولتي به كشورهاي خارجي تحت محاكمه قراردارند.
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