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posted January 15, 2001 09:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Journalist Akbar Ganji has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a further five years of exile from Tehran for
attending an "un-Islamic" political conference in Germany, sources told AFP Saturday.

Interpreters Said Sadr and reformist Khalil Rostam-Khani, were given 10 and nine years respectively for attending the conference last April, a family of one of the accused said.

Four others on trial were slapped with jail terms ranging from four to five years, while a fifth was given a three-year suspended sentence.

Six people were acquitted, they said.

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posted February 27, 2001 15:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Judiciary denies "rumours" over Ganji's death

TEHRAN, Feb 26 (AFP) - Tehran's judiciary head Abbasali Alizadeh Monday denied "rumours" over the death of pro-reform journalist Akbar Ganji, currently in jail, AFP reported.

"I categorically reject such rumours over the death of Ganji," Alizadeh said during a press conference held in the Tehran buro of the conservative English-language Tehran Times paper.

He also affirmed that he had reproached the state IRNA news agency which had carried a report on its confidential wire providing an "information according to which Ganji" had died.

Rumours over the death of Ganji have been circulating across Tehran since late Sunday.

The 45-year-old investigative journalist used to work for several reformist dailies ordered banned during a conservative-led crackdown on the country's pro-reform press launched in April last year.

Ganji was jailed last year in April upon returning from Berlin where he attended a controversial conference on the future of reforms in Iran which sparked widespread outrage among officials here.

Tehran's revolutionary court in January sentenced Ganji to 10 years in prison followed by another five years internal exile for a variety of charges, including attending the "un-Islamic" political meeting in Berlin.

The court charged the gathering, which was disrupted by Iran's exiled opposition, was aimed at overthrowing the Iranian clerical regime.

Ganji and the nine other reformers who were slapped with long jail terms by the tribunal over the conference appealed the verdicts later in January.

Ganji had also used a series of newspaper articles and a book to link top officials in the regime, including close allies of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to the 1998 murders of several dissidents and

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posted February 27, 2001 16:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
kevin2Most Iranian news media inside and outside of Iran talk about Ganji as if he is a hero. Is it me or every body has forgotten who he really is and the role he played to help establish the Islamic government. Thousands of Iranians were killed by the Islamic government when likes of Ganji and Khatami were working as an integral part of the Islamic government. Now they seem to have a difference of opinion among themselves as how to preserve the Islamic government dominance and in the process they are going after one another. In reality Mr. Ganji is testing some of his own medicine.

Do not take this the wrong way. I am not suggesting that Mr. Ganji should be tortured, stoned or killed. These are uncivilized punishments that can only be imposed by likes of Islamic Republic. However, I think it is wrong to portray him as a freedom fighter or as someone playing a positive role in the future of Iran. It is irresponsible to forget Mr. Ganji's past resume and hope that in the future he will be different. We need to become more educated as people and do not fall for the nonsense that are fed to us by the media.

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posted February 28, 2001 09:44     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jailed journalist writes to president

BBC Monitoring Service
Feb 27, 2001

Text of report by Iranian newspaper Hamshahri web site on 27 February

Abkar Ganji, the jailed journalist, has written an open letter to the president, explaining the malevolence he has been the target of since hi detention and criticizing the performance of the Special Clerical Court
after pointing out that his plaints against Messrs Mohammad Javad Larijani, Alizadeh, Mohseni-Ezhe'i and Nateq-Nuri have not been followed up and that most of the plaints have been referred to this court.

Underlining the inadequacy of the president's powers in relation to his responsibility regarding the implementation of the constitution, he asks: "Would it be reprehensible if I were to complain to international bodies in my quest for justice?"

The letter ends with the phrase: "The conservatives' debt to the jailed journalists will be cashed in through the votes of the people on 18 Khordad 1380 [8 June 2001]."

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