Headlines: New 'Restrictions' on Returning Expats
12 Aug 2010 23:32
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Iran Puts New 'Restrictions' On Returning Expats
RFE/RFL | Aug 12, 2010
The Iranian government has set new restrictions on Iranian expatriates coming into the country, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, head of the High Council of Iranian Expatriates, said on August 11 that Iranians residing abroad can return to Iran for academic reasons only after being approved by certain institutions, ILNA reported.
Asked if the "Iranian expatriates with political problems" who want to return to Iran to take part in academic activities would face any difficulties, Malekzadeh said that "certain institutions will do their duties in this regard."
Ashtiani outrage spurs Iran to commute stoning sentences to hanging
Guardian | Aug 12, 2010
Iran appears to be quietly changing the sentences of Iranians awaiting death by stoning to hanging after international outcry following the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.
Mariam Ghorbanzadeh, 25, who was six months' pregnant and miscarried after being beaten up in Tabriz prison this week, was initially sentenced to death by stoning for adultery but her sentence has been commuted to hanging in a rapid judicial review. The decision is thought to have been driven by the Iranian authorities' desire to avoid further international condemnation over the barbaric punishment.
Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning Reportedly Appears on Iranian Television
NYT | Aug 12, 2010
Sakineh Ashtiani, an Iranian woman whose sentence of death by stoning for the crime of adultery has sparked an international campaign to save her, reportedly appeared on state television in Iran on Wednesday night.
"She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of camera," Mr. Kian said. The lawyer added that Ms. Ashtiani's two children "are completely traumatized" after watching the broadcast.
According to Reuters, Ms. Ashtiani's description of the prelude to her husband's murder, translated into Persian by state television, began with the assertion that the man she was convicted of having an affair with first suggested the crime:
"He told me: 'Let's kill your husband.'
"I totally could not believe that my husband would be killed. I thought he was joking," Ms. Ashtiani said. "Later, I found out that killing was his profession. He came and brought all the stuff. He brought electrical devices, plus wire and gloves. Later, he killed my husband by connecting him to the electricity," she said.
British ambassador to Iran hits back after 'thick' jibe
Telegraph | Aug 12, 2010
Simon Gass said the comments were "illogical and worthless" and showed "a lack of respect for human dignity."
The remarks were made by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, a vice-president of Iran, in a speech on Monday to education officials.
Mr Rahimi railed against various countries supporting UN sanctions on Tehran, calling Australians "a bunch of cow herders" and saying South Koreans should be "smacked in the face until they become human".
He said: "England has nothing. Its inhabitants are not human, its officials are not responsible, and it doesn't even have any natural resources. [They are] a bunch of thick people ruled by a mafia.
"They have plundered the world in the last 500 years and the young lad in charge now is even more stupid than his predecessor," Mr Rahimi added.
Higgins, last AP bureau chief in Iran, dies at 66
AP | Aug 12, 2010
Alexander G. Higgins, who covered the U.S. Embassy siege in Tehran as The Associated Press' last bureau chief in Iran and served as a longtime AP bureau chief in Geneva, has died. He was 66.