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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiMonday, November 03, 2003 <b>Women MPs Thank Judiciary Chief for Ordering Review of Woman's Death Sentence</b> • Three women MPs thanked judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi for ordering a review of the death sentence against Afsaneh Nowrouzi, a woman who killed the Kish island's head of police intelligence for trying to rape her. Her death sentence was approved last month by the Islamic judiciary's supreme court, which had overturned a preliminary court's acquittal six years ago. Women's organizations, human rights advocates and international organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have been campaigning vigorously against the verdict. Shahroudi wrote that he found the verdict doubtful. A women's news website quoted Ms. Nowrouzi's husband as saying that no development has taken place in his wife's case. (Keyvan Hosseini) <b>US Releases Two Iranians after Four Months of Detention</b> • The coalition authorities in Iraq released two Iranians who had been arrested four months ago on suspicion of spying. The pair said they worked as documentary makers for the state radio-TV monopoly. In an interview on the Iranian TV, Saeed Abou Taleb and Soheil Karmi claimed that they had been tortured; a charge that coalition forces' spokesman denied. (Leyli Sadr) <b>Supreme Leader Endorses the Additional Protocol</b> • In a gathering of high officials, the Supreme Leader defended Iran's agreement to sign the additional protocol to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which would allow more stringent, impromptu inspections of Iran's nuclear sites. He said the move was aimed at exposing the US “lies.” “What happened was an appropriate measure and it was a prudent step,” the Supreme Leader said, stressing that Iran would fiercely stand against any attempt to challenge its peaceful nuclear program. He said once Iran feels that its national interests and values are threatened, it would stop the process. (Siavash Ardalan) • Nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's defense structure, Iran's representative to the UN Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN on Sunday. (Maryam Ahmadi) <b>Secret Police Arrests and Releases Dissident Cleric's Sons</b> • Secret police agents arrested the two sons of dissident cleric Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri, after they opened a padlocked house they owned next to their father's house, defying the judiciary's order. (Ardavan Niknam) <b>MPs Protest Prosecutor's Suppression of Majles Report on Kazemi</b> • MP Ali Shakuri-Rad said Tehran prosecutor censored the legislature when he ordered the press not to print the Majles complaints committee's report on the judiciary's handling of the investigation into Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi's death in custody. Isfahan MP Rajabali Mazroui said except for one, the report did not appear in any newspaper after intimidating phone calls from the Tehran prosecutor to newspaper editors. The deputy culture minister for domestic press said Tehran prosecutor's move was illegal, adding that the ministry would investigate if newspaper owners file official complaints. (Keyvan Hosseini) <b>Decline in Development Budget</b> • Only 30 percent of government expenditures went to development projects in the fiscal year that began on March 22, 2003, deputy chair of the Majles planning and budget committee Rasoul Sadiqi said, adding that he does not believe that any more funds would be spent on development projects in the year's remaining four months. In that case, the development projects' share of the government budget would have dropped by 70 percent, as compared to the previous year. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>UN Special Reporter on Freedom of Speech to Visit Tehran</b> • UN Human Rights Commission's Special Rapporteur on the promotion and the protection of freedom of opinion and expression Ambeyi Ligabo will begin his visit to Iran on Tuesday, the UN announced. (Jamshid Zand) <b>Jailed Reformist Theoretician's Daughter Complains about His Conditions</b> • Daughter of Abbas Abdi, jailed central council member of the pro-reform party the Participation Front, said the promises made to his father before the visit to the Evin prison by the commerce minister have not been kept. She said the family visit took place under harshest conditions. The commerce minister visited political prisoners in the Evin prison, as a representative of President Khatami. (Jamshid Zand) <b>Press Court Summons <i>Nasim Saba</i>'s Managing Editor</b> • The press court summoned reformist daily <i>Nasim Saba's</i>'s managing editor Majid Qasem Feizabadi to answer two sets of charges. (Siavash Ardalan) • The charges against <i>Nasim-e Saba</i> included printing parts of a speech by MP Mohammad-Reza Khatami, secretary of the pro-reform party the Participation Front, at that party's fifth national convention, during which he criticized the country's “lawlessness.” (Ali Sajjadi) • Tehran criminal court found the managing editor of the <i>Tabarestan</i> weekly magazine guilty of ridiculing government officials on Monday in a hearing attended by the press court jury. (Ali Sajjadi) <b>Student Activist Complains of Continued “Pressures”</b> • Secretary of the association of the Islamic student councils Abdollah Momeni complained in an interview with state-run “students” news agency ISNA that the judiciary's pressures against student activists continues and no day goes by without a student having to face charges in one court or another. Keeping legal cases against the students open works as a Damocles sword. (Keyvan Hosseini) • The Tehran Islamic revolutionary court summoned secretary of the Amir Kabir University's Islamic student council Mehdi Habibi. (Siavash Ardalan) • Jailed student activist Ahmad Batebi asked Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi to intervene on behalf of jailed students. Batebi was thrown in jail after July 1998 student uprising, because his picture appeared in foreign magazines holding up the bloody tee-shirt of a friend. (Farin Asemi) <b>Belgium's Green Party Expresses Support for Protesting Iranian Asylum Seekers</b> • Belgium's Green party expressed its full support to more than 30 Iranian asylum seekers who have been staging a sit-in protest in Brussels for the past 13 days, the refugees' spokesman <b>Anvar Mirsattari</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. (Shahram Mirian, Cologe) . سه تن از نمايندگان زن مجلس از آيت الله شاهرودي، رئيس قوه قضاييه، به خاطر آنکه دستور بررسي دوباره پرونده افسانه نوروزي را داد تشکر کردند. افسانه نوروزي به جرم كشتن رئيس حفاظت اطلاعات پليس جزيره كيش كه بنا به گفته وي قصد تجاوز به او را داشت، به اعدام محكوم شد. نمايندگان زن كه با استناد حق متهم به دفاع از خود، تجديد نظر در اين راي را خواستار شده بودند، از توجه رئيس قوه قضائيه به افكار عمومي و مسائل زنان قدرداني كردند. سازمان هاي حامي حقوق بشر و حقوق زنان در داخل و خارج از كشور به اين حكم اعتراض كردند. آيت الله شاهرودي به مسئولان قضايي نوشت که نسبت به درستي حکم اعدام افسانه نوروزي ترديد دارد و دستور داد تا پرونده به طور دقيق بررسي شود. يک سايت اينترنتي مربوط به زنان به نقل از وکيل افسانه نوروزي نوشت که هيچ اتفاق جديدي در اين پرونده نيافتاده است.