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05 Oct 2009 21:521 Comment

Jailed Newsweek reporter faces personal ordeal

AP | Oct. 5, 2009

Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than three months, got troubling news: His wife is having a difficult pregnancy and will be delivering their first child without him.

Paola Gourley could hear the shock in her husband's voice when she told him she would be having the baby two weeks early during a rare phone call Sunday from Tehran's Evin Prison.

"'What's wrong with you?' he kept asking," Gourley told The Associated Press on Monday from her home in London. She has been placed on bed rest by her doctor and is scheduled to deliver by cesarean section on Oct. 26.

Bahari is among more than 100 prisoners put on mass trial in August, accused of being part of an opposition plot to foment a "velvet revolution" to topple Iran's clerical leaders on orders from its foreign enemies.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been noncommittal when asked about the cases in recent interviews.

About Bahari, he told Newsweek, "I would like all prisoners to be released, but I am not the judge. The judge has to decide on this."

About the hikers, Ahmadinejad told the AP late last month that he hopes "the judiciary expedites the process and gives it its full attention, and to basically take a look at the case with maximum leniency."

Officials at the presidency, contacted by AP on Monday, refused further comment.

Cover photo: Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari attends a press conference after his trial in Tehran. Aug. 1, 2009. Photo/Fars News Agency.

Student activists face suspension in Kermanshah

Tabnak | Oct. 4, 2009

The Dean of the University of Kermanshah in Western Iran said that the university has not expelled any students for involvement in the post-election unrest, instead they temporarily suspended a few of them.

"The orders issued by the disciplinary committee of the university have only been in the form of temporary suspension," said Mohammad-Mehdi Khodayi.

"The disciplinary committee is still reviewing a few more cases, [but] it will not lead to the expulsion of any students. At most a few students will be suspended for a few semesters," the dean went to say. "The suspensions will not be more than two semesters."

Mohsen Razaei gets permission to print newspaper

Radio Farda | Oct. 5, 2009

Defeated presidential candidate and former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Mohsen Razaei has decided to publish a newspaper.

The Iranian committee for media supervision has approved the publication of a newspaper named Mellat-e Ma (Our Nation).

Ahmadinejad against giving Mahsouli ministerial position

Tabnak | Oct. 4, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly refused to name Sadegh Mahsouli as one of his ministers, despite intense lobbying in favor of his nomination.

According to the Javan Online report carried by Tabnak, Ahmadinejad has resisted pressure to introduce Mahsouli to Majlis.

Mahsouli's chronic backaches, which could prevent his active participation in provincial tours and other 'special reasons' were cited as reasons for Ahmadinejad's reluctance.

First cleric governor appointed after revolution

Khabar online | Oct. 5, 2009

Mohammad-Hossein Mousapour, the interior minister's deputy for Majlis affairs, has been appointed as the new governor of Qom. He is the first cleric to hold a governorship since the revolution in Iran 30 years ago.

Mousapour's cordial relations with clerics and the Sources of Emulation in Qom was cited as the main reason for the appointment.

Mehdi Mohamadifar, the newly-appointed deputy for Majlis affairs, played down the cooperation between Majlis and the administration in appointing governors. "This does not mean undermining the independence of either branch [executive or legislative]. ...[T]he administration seeks advice, but ultimately governors are appointed by the interior ministry."

He went on to stress that the government had no intention of making large-scale changes in the order of the country's governors. "Only the governor of Isfahan will be changed as the former governor of that city has been appointed the justice minister," he said. "Mr. Zaker-Isfahani has been named to replace him."

Regarding Tehran governor Morteza Tamadon, Mohamadifar said, "Mr. Tamadon would like to remain in the position of Tehran governor. Even though he has received proposals for the positions of the interior minister's political deputy and the presidential parliamentary deputy as well as positions in a number of other ministries, he wishes to serve as Tehran's governor."

Iran champion gives gold medal to Ahmadinejad

Press TV
| Oct. 2, 2009

The 2009 World Greco-Roman champion Hamid Sourian of Iran has given his gold medal to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a gift. "Dr. Ahmadinejad is the real champion due to his strong presence at the United Nations General Assembly," Sourian said on Thursday.

"He [Ahmadinejad] has also gained pride and dignity for the Iranians and all the Muslims," he went on to say.

After receiving the gift, the Iranian president said that his country is proud of its young athletes even if they fail to win any medals.

Video: Day 3 of protests at Elm va Sanaat University

Rafsanjani wants probe into allegations against family

Blog Watch: Radio Koocheh | Oct. 5, 2009

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, head of the Assembly of Experts, reportedly asked Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani to investigate rumors circulating about his family.

According to the website Khabar Online, Rafsanjani has asked Larijani to adopt necessary legal measures and launch a probe into the matter and present the results.

The request came after a number of political parties and fronts affiliated with the Iranian government made provocative statements about the Hashemi-Rafsanjani family.

Earlier Rafsanjani's children had also sent a letter to Ayatollah Larijani requesting a probe into the allegations made against them.

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1 Comment

Imagine! A medal for torturing...& a putsch for having a bad back & a game of "Shuffle between the Minister's & Governors" & new propaganda newspaper's opening on a whim...& student's being punished for false sins...& a prisoner imprisoned when he should be free...to see & support his life having their baby. Oh...the horror's of Iran, I can only "Imagine"!

Jaker / October 6, 2009 6:31 AM