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Headlines: Iran to Release 1 of 3 Jailed Americans

09 Sep 2010 21:012 Comments

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Iran to release 1 of 3 jailed Americans

AP | Sept 9

Iran announced Thursday that one of the three Americans jailed for more than a year will be released Saturday to mark the end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Reporters were told by text message from the Culture Ministry to come to the same hotel where the Americans' parents were allowed to meet them recently to witness the release.

"Offering congratulations on Eid al-Fitr," the message said referring to the holiday marking the end of the fasting month. "The release of one of the detained Americans will be at Saturday, 9 a.m. at the Estaghlal hotel."

"We don't know anything," Shourd told the AP. "We're trying like crazy to see what we can find out. I hope it's true -- that's all I can say for sure. But I don't know if it is."

Iran opposition lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh detained

BBC | Sept 9

A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been detained by the authorities.

She is accused of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security, her lawyer has said.

Ms Sotoudeh has represented Iranian opposition activists and politicians, and prisoners sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.

EU: Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough

AP | Sept 9

The European Union presidency said Thursday that Iran's suspension of a stoning sentence against a woman convicted of adultery is not enough and demands it be completely overturned.

Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere of Belgium, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said that Iran's concession that the punishment against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be eased did not meet the human rights conditions the EU is insisting on.

"This inhuman conviction is indefensible and has raised our abhorrence," Vanackere said in a statement. "Human rights, particularly women's rights, are systematically thwarted" in Iran.

Iran's FM condemns Quran burning plan

Press TV | Sept 9

Iran's foreign minister has condemned a US church's plan to burn the Quran, warning of the reactions of Muslims and the followers of other religions.

Manouchehr Mottaki said, "Considering the failure of policies based on promoting religious conflicts...that was manifested during the presidency of George W. Bush and was publicly declared by him after the September 11 incident... such actions will ignite the reaction of not only the world's Muslims but the followers of other divine religions."

Tehran, Baghdad agree on release of Iranian prisoners

Mehr | Sept 9

Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar announced that Iran and Iraq have reached an agreement on the release of Iranian prisoners in Iraq, but did not give details.

"This issue is high on the agenda. We have followed up the issue over the past month and have made preliminary agreement with the Iraqi party. We hope that the agreement will be implemented in the near future," he told the Mehr News Agency.

Iran bans agricultural produce imports

Press TV | Sept 9

Iran has banned imports of some agricultural produce, dairy products and fruit concentrates until further notice, Agriculture Minister Sadigh Khalilian says.

"The measure is in line with a bill recently passed by Majlis [Iran's Parliament], which was introduced by President [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]," the minister announced in his letter to Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari, Mehr News Agency said Wednesday.

The ban will include fruit imports, such as apples from France, pears from China and oranges from Egypt.

Iran's Ahmadinejad set to visit Lebanon in October

AFP | Sept 9

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Lebanon next month for the first time since taking office five years ago, a government source told AFP on Thursday.

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be visiting Lebanon from October 13 to October 14 and is expected to meet President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, parliament speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah officials," the source said, asking not to be identified.

Dissident group says Iran has secret nuclear facility

WP MEK| Sept 9

An Iranian dissident group (the People's Mujaheddin Organization) said on Thursday that it has identified a previously undisclosed nuclear facility under construction northwest of Tehran, claiming to have evidence that shows the Islamic nation is deceiving inspectors and moving forward in its pursuit of a bomb.

Details about the facility were scant, and experts said the allegation that construction at the site is nuclear-related could not be confirmed.

The People's Mujaheddin Organization said the new site is located just north of a major highway connecting Tehran with the Iranian city of Qazvin.

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I wonder who is going to pay the $500,000 ransom to get Ms. Shroud out of jail? Probably why Saturday and Sunday have come and gone and no release. Maybe the Iranian prosecutor is a little unaware that most in the U.S. do not have $500,000.

Then what will they ransom the two men for?

muhammad billy bob / September 13, 2010 12:13 AM

Billy Bob,

They are very aware of the amount. You are getting a feel for what Iranians go through on daily basis. The money will be paid by scores of volunteers who would not hesitate to lend a helping hand to the family. They are victims of the chaotic power struggle within Iran. Ahmadinejad is coming to U.S. and this is a payoff to get on Obama's good side for possible negotiations. However, payoff by a mullah costs money, get it? Barbaric Republic is in trouble and they know it. Unfortunately the other two are shelved for future usage. That is as blunt as one can put it. Sarah is at the Swiss embassy in Tehran. You should get a formal announcement soon.

Niloofar / September 14, 2010 10:21 PM