Summary of the Iran Stories of Today's BroadcastsWednesday, March 05, 2003
<b>Nationalist Activists Gather at Mosaddegh's Grave</b>
* On the anniversary of his death, a ceremony was held yesterday at the grave of the nationalist anti-Shah prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, in the village of Ahmad Abad, north of Tehran. Activist Mohammad Basteh-Negar tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that representatives from various parties and surviving friends and colleagues of Mosaddegh were present in the quiet gathering that unlike previous years, was not disrupted by Islamic fundamentalist pressure groups. He noted the presence of the representatives from the Hezb-e Melat-e Iran (Iran's Nation Party) at the ceremony. The leaders of the Melat party, Parvaneh and Darioush Forouhar, were killed in 1999 by the intelligence ministry agents during the serial murders of dissidents. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>Prosecution of Students for Protesting Aghajari's Death Sentence</b>
* Student activists who took part in last fall's protests across Iran against Hashem Aghajari's death sentence, have themselves become a target for prosecution by the Islamic revolutionary courts. Rouhollah Malekpour, secretary of the Yasuj University's Islamic Students Council, tells <b>Radio Farda</b>, in an interview from the Yasuj Islamic revolutionary court, that the judiciary did not prosecute the assailants of student speakers and rally participants, who were all identified from a videotape of an indoor student rally in support of Aghajari, but charged the injured complainants with insulting the Supreme Leader, Islam and the regime. In addition to the students themselves, the Yasuj University had pressed charges against the attackers. (Alireza Taheri)
<b>Journalists to Stage a Sit-In to Protest Closing of Newspapers</b>
* Member of the board of the trade association of journalists Ahmad Zeydabadi tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that in a meeting tomorrow at the association's headquarters in Tehran, the members will decide on a site to stage their first ever sit-in to protest the judiciary's closing of scores of newspapers and magazines since 2001. He said the action, which would be accompanied by calls for the release of jailed journalists, would be the first ever group effort by journalists since the start of judiciary's wholesale shutdown of reformist newspapers. (Jean Khakzad)
<b>Shoaleh Sa'adi Threatens to Go on Hunger Strike</b>
* Javad Shoaleh Sa'adi, son of Ghasem Shoaleh-Sa'adi, Tehran University political science professor, former MP and a vocal critic of the Supreme Leader, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that his father would go on a hunger strike as of Saturday morning, to protest his continued detention. Shoalesh Sa'adi was arrested two weeks ago, as he returned home from a trip to Paris, during which he issued a statement criticizing the Supreme Leader's policies and questioned the Supreme Leader's authority as a source of religious emulation. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>Revolutionary Court Summons Ex-Hezbollah Member</b>
* A former member of the fundamentalist pressure group Hezbollah, Amir-Farshad Ebrahimi, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that his complaints against Tehran judiciary chief and a fundamental cleric, Rouhollah Hosseinian, who accused him of lying, or having denied his statements about the Hezbollah, has not been heard by the courts, instead, he and the two lawyers who recorded his deposition on videotape, were arrested and tried. Only two years after the case known as the confessions videotape, the two lawyers, Shirin Ebadi and Mohsen Rohami, were cleared of any wrongdoing. In his taped deposition, called "confessions," Ebrahimi accused several top conservative officials of leading the pressure groups in their violent attacks against reformist government officials and President Khatami's advisors. He said political factions used him and his lawyers for their own political benefit and abandoned the case afterwards. (Shireen Famili, Prague)
<b>Supreme Court Confirms Eshkevari's Seven-Year Jail Sentence</b>
* Wife of cleric Hasan Yusefi-Eshkevari, Ms. Mohtaram Golbabai, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that her husband's seven-year sentence was confirmed by the appeals court. Eshkevari was arrested after returning from the Berlin conference on reforms in Iran in 1998, and was condemned to death for declaring that the Islamic women's head cover, hejab, is optional and not mandatory. His death sentence was later commuted to seven years in jail. Eshkevari's wife says her husband is well treated in jail and comes out often on medical furlough. (Alireza Taheri)
<b>Confessions of Arrested Critic</b>
* The culture ministry delegation who met with police officials yesterday to discuss the recent arrests of filmmakers and film critics, did not issue any statement at the end of their meeting. Tehran-based journalist Shayan Jaberi tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that, reportedly, jailed film critic Kambiz Kaheh has been charged with running a ring that seduced young girls, based on his own "confessions." (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>Time Magazine Places Bin Laden's Family in Iran</b>
* Time Magazine reported that Osama bin Laden's family and relatives are living in Iran under the protection of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. (Bahman Bastani)
فريبا مودت (راديوفردا): شماري از فعالان سياسي ايران از گرايش ملي، امروز نيز مانند سالهاي پيش بر سر مزار دكتر محمد مصدق رهبرنهضت ملي ايران و نخست وزير اين كشور بين سالهاي 1330 تا 32 در احمد آباد گرد آمدند. آنگونه كه بسته نگاريكي از فعالان سياسي حاضر در مراسم مذكور ميگويد، نمايندگان احزاب گوناگون و شماري از دوست داران دكتر مصدق در اين گرد هايي كه درآرامش بر گذار شد، شركت داشتند. محمد بسته نگار در مصاحبه با راديو فردا، م? گو?د: بعضيها به صورت گروهي با اتوبوس آمدند و بعضيها شخصا.
ام?رمصدق کاتوز?ان (راديوفردا): سخنرانها چه كساني هستند؟
محمد بسته نگار: دكتر احدي و آقاي خازني، رييس دفتر دكتر مصدق، سخنراني مي كنند.
ا.م.ک.: نكاتي كه امسال بيشترمورد توجه است چيست؟
محمد بستهنگار: مسئله قانونگرايي، صداقت دكتر مصدق و اينكه ايشان از حقوق دولتي به هيچ وجه استفاده نكرد و خرج سفرهايي كه به كشورهاي خارجي ميرفت را از جيب خود پرداخت ميكرد. ايشان به مردم توجه ميكرد و ميگفت بايد مسايل را بايد با ملت ايران در ميان گذاشت.
ا.م.ک.: چه تشكلهايي در اين مراسم حضور دارند؟
محمد بستهنگار: جبهه ملي، حزب ملي، حزب مردم ايران، جنبش مسلمانان مبارز، نهضت آزادي و عده اي هم از فعاتان ملي مذهبي حضوردارند.
ا.م.ک: بعضي وقتها كساني ميآمدند كه مراسم را بر هم مي زدند. از اين عده هم هستند ولي حركت خاصي انجام نشده و جو نسبت به سالهاي گذشته آرام تر است. شماري از فعالان سياسي ايران از گرايش ملي، امروز نيز مانند سالهاي پيش بر سر مزار دكتر محمد مصدق رهبرنهضت ملي ايران و نخست وزير اين كشور بين سالهاي 1330 تا 32 در احمد آباد گرد آمدند. محمد بسته نگار، يكي از فعالان سياسي حاضر در مراسم مذكور در مصاحبه با راديوفردا مي گويد، نمايندگان احزاب گوناگون و شماري از دوستداران دكتر مصدق در اين گردهمايي كه درآرامش بر گذار شد، شركت داشتند. نماينده حزب ملت ايران، كه داريوش و پروانه فروهر، دو تن از رهبران آن در جريان قتلهاي زنجيره اي به طرز فجيعي توسط عوامل وزارت اطلاعات جمهوري اسلامي به قتل رسيدند، در اين مراسم حضور داشت.