27 Feb 2010 07:00
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IRGC cmdr: Tehran Basij districts to increase from 6 in 22
Tabnak | Feb. 26, 2010
The Commander of the Mohammad Rasoul Allah Guards said that the Basij districts in Tehran will be increased from 6 to 22.
Noting the 8.5 million population of Tehran, Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani said, "In order to have Basij encompass the city of Tehran and in order to see its development we needed to increase the number of Basij districts from 6 to 22."
"With this plan we can also help people to come and go in their own districts. The other aim of this project is to enable district commanders to visit [Basij] headquarters and interact with the commanders of these headquarters," he told ILNA.
Rezaei meets privately with Sources of Emulation in Qom
Fararu | Feb. 26, 2010
Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary of the Expediency Council, met privately with Sources of Emulation and seminary elders in Qom.
While Rezaei was originally supposed to have a public meeting with seminary elders in the presence of reporters, the meetings were held separately and in private due to certain complications.
Rezaei began his meetings with the Sources of Emulation by visiting Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi. Parts of the meeting were held behind closed doors.
He next met with Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpayegani on Thursday afternoon and held discussions with him behind closed doors as well.
On Friday he visited Qom Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini in the hospital.
Ejei: Leniency for repenting opposition detainees
Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said the high number of clemency orders granted by the Islamic Republic has been drawing national protests.
Regarding the issue of releasing detained journalists and political prisoners for the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, Ejei told reporters on the sidelines of the Medicine and Law conference in Isfahan that Islamic Republic authorities do not want to see anyone in jail.
"Unless they are individuals who are harmful to national interests and the freedom of the people," he added. "If such a person is allowed to walk free they will undoubtedly cause corruption."
"Those who do not fall under this category are allowed to use leave from prison and [can be released] on parole in certain situations... the number of times clemency is granted by the Islamic Republic is so high that it has caused the people to object."
"If the guilty individual shows remorse, repents and does not have a private complainant they will without a doubt be granted clemency or receive a reduction in their sentences."
"The same goes for the recent incidents. If individuals arrested during the recent riots ... truthfully repent and make up for the damages they have inflicted and redeem themselves from their past actions they will be helped in the appeals court."
"The people said two things on 22 Bahman: first they told the enemy that 'propaganda and devious acts will not cause the Iranian nation to fold with regards to your illegitimate demands'.... Secondly, they told those individuals who were deceived or made a mistake to wake up [and realize the truth] because if they do not wake up the people will take another course of action against them."
"One of the demands the people had of the judicial system and other organizations in charge was that they take action against these individuals should they continue with their atrocious, seditionist and illegal acts and the judiciary will definitely deal with them."
He warned the opposition that they have been given an ultimatum and if they continue with their past actions they will be severely punished.
"For instance there have been rumors that in the final days of the current Persian year, some have decided to use this opportunity [Fireworks Wednesday] for certain purposes [staging protests]. But they should know that after all the ultimatums given they will be dealt with relentlessly."
Ahmadinejad meets with Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah
Tabnak | Feb. 26, 2010
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with the Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrollah in the Syrian Capital of Damascus.
According to an ISNA report, Nasrollah and Ahmadinejad discussed the latest international and regional developments.