05 Nov 2009 16:14
US Treasury Dept. sanctions Bank Mellat chairman and Malaysian-based subsidiary
USTreas.gov | Nov. 5, 2009
The United States Treasury Dept. on Thursday imposed sanctions against Iran's Bank Mellat Chairman Ali Divandari and a Malaysian-based Bank Mellat subsidiary.
The US Treasury said in a statement on its website that Divandari and First East Export Bank, a Bank Mellat subsidiary based in Malaysia, have been designated as "proliferators of weapons of mass destruction" and US citizens are prohibited from doing business with them.
Divandari has been sanctioned for acting on behalf of Bank Mellat, according to the US Treasury statement.
"Today's action will help to protect the integrity of the U.S. financial system and ensure that banks and regulators around the world are aware that First East Export Bank is in fact an arm of Bank Mellat, an institution that has supported Iran's nuclear program in violation of UN Security Council resolutions," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury Dept. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
The US Treasury first imposed unilateral sanctions on Bank Mellat in 2007.
Isfahan University student arrested
Gooya | Nov. 4, 2009
Ali Mashmouli, a member of the Islamic association of the Isfahan Industrial University, has been arrested.
According to an Amir Kabir University news bulletin, Mashmouli was arrested during student clashes with IRGC and police officers at the university today.
Tahkim Vahdat member arrested
Amir Kabir | Nov. 4, 2009
Mohammad Hashemi, a member of Tahkim Vahdat, was arrested at one o'clock in the afternoon today.
According to the Amir Kabir newspaper, security forces raided Hashemi's house around 2 am without a warrant. They returned at one o'clock in the afternoon to make an arrest.
Two more Tahkim Vahdat members arrested
Tahkim Vahdat members Mohammad Sadeqi and Hassan Assadi-Zeydabadi were taken into custody last night after their homes were raided by security forces.
Assadi-Zeydabadi and Sadeqi were taken to an undisclosed location and their families said they have not been heard from.
The homes of Ali Malihi and Milad Assadi were also raided; however, security forces were unable to make any arrests as the two student activists were not at home.
The latest arrest has brought the number of Tahkim students in detention to four. Previously, Ahmad Zaydabadi and Abdollah Momeni, both Tahkim members, were arrested.
Iran detains journalist for French news agency
AP | Nov. 5, 2009
The news agency Agence France Presse says one of its journalists has been detained by Iranian security forces.
The AFP's acting bureau chief in Tehran says Iranian reporter Farhad Pouladi was taken into custody Wednesday as he headed to cover a state-sanctioned rally to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. Anti-government protesters also clashed with police in counter marchers.
Govt account of 13 Aban
Ayandeh News | Nov. 4, 2009
The mass participation of Tehran residents in Nov. 4 rallies, during which they shouted anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans, infuriated saboteurs.
The saboteurs who had gathered in groups of 50 and 100 upon the invitation of certain political parties and foreign media outlets began chanting unconventional slogans in support of American and Israeli interests.
Mehdi Karroubi, who issued a statement several days ago, calling on all seditionists [hypocrites] to join him was forced to leave Seventh of Tir Square upon hearing slogans such as "death to America, death to Israel and death to seditionists."
Yasser Hashemi, who was in plainclothes, had joined a group of Mousavi and Karroubi supporters on Shahid Beheshti Street and was guiding and provoking.
Hardline websites hacked
Blog Watch | Nov. 4, 2009
Hardline Raja News and other pro-government websites were hacked today.
If you went to Raja News [a well funded website devoted to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], for example, and clicked on any link, you'd get this message: This site has been hacked for spreading lies, supporting the hated dictatorial government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and all this thuggish allies.
'Evidence' against Mousavi distributed in Majlis
Asr Iran | Nov. 3, 2009
Tehran representative to Majlis Hamid Rasaii said CDs have been distributed in parliament containing documented evidence showing why 120 lawmakers are calling for the trial of opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Rasaii told state news agency IRNA, "On the occasion of Nov. 4 [the anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy], the Islamic Republic Faction of Parliament distributed three CDs among lawmakers that contain evidence showing why they want legal action against Mousavi."
"The CDs are titled The Velvet Revolution Dream, Fraud and Appropriating Religious Symbols, and they document the role played by foreign and counterrevolutionary media outlets [in fomenting post-vote unrest] as well as how the United States succeeded in exploiting certain arrogant individuals and officials."
'Sister Mary' objects to detention of her brothers
Parleman News | Nov. 3, 2009
Masoumeh Ebtekar, Member of the Tehran City Council and one of the students responsible for the 1980 US embassy takeover, objected to the imprisonment of her fellow comrades.
When Ebtekar raised an objection to the incarceration of the former student activists who were pronounced "national heroes" by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, Mehdi Chamran responded, "We cannot square away present issues with those of past."
Ebtekar, who became known to the West as "Sister Mary" and represented the student group Followers of the Path of the Imam, added, "Some the student Followers of the Path of Imam have been martyred and some of them are in prison today and we must ask ourselves why these students who were called national heroes by the Imam are in this situation today?"
Tavakoli: Ahmadinejad speech to parliament violated constitutional law
Pareleman News | Nov. 3, 2009
Principlist lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli said that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Majlis today was in violation of constitutional and parliamentary bylaws.
"The Majlis speaker [Ali Larijani] should not have allowed President Ahmadinejad to speak under article 102," Tavakoli said.
"The session's agenda had already been determined and while the president can come to Majlis, there are conditions for it, in other words he should not have been allowed to wrongly defend legislation without making prior arrangements," the Tehran representative told ILNA.
"The Majlis speaker shouldn't not have permitted Ahmadinejad to take the floor without an appointment. The statements made by Larijani an Ahmadinejad were both illegal."
Larijani responded to Tavakoli by saying, "According to the constitution, the president can speak whenever he pleases but he should have informed us beforehand and your objection to my remarks is not valid, as under the same constitutional article the Speaker can also speak whenever he chooses."