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Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA -- Iran's Supreme Court is handling the case of former member of a militant religious radical group for allegedly revealing the existence of dissent and hostility among Iranian leaders, Tehran's Justice Department said Sunday. Abbasali Alizadeh told IRNA that the case of Amir-Farshad Ebrahimi, serving his jail term, has been forwarded from the Appeals Court to the Supreme Court after certain sceptisms emerged.

Ebrahimi's mother, Zahra Allahmorad said his son had been taken out of Tehran's Evin prison for five days. He was asked to end his hunger strike which was in protest to the court's laxity in handling his case.

Ebrahimi, a former member of the Ansar-e Hizbullah, was involved in a fake vide cassette case which allegedly contained his confessions prepared by two reformist lawyers, Mohsen Rohami and Shirin Ebadi.

Rohami and Ebadi, received a suspended 18-month jail sentence after the conclusion of their "in camera" trial for publication of sensitive material relating to Ebrahimi. Their sentence also bans them from the
practice of their profession for five years.

In his confessions which formed part of the transcript of the case, Ebrahimi divulged that Ansar members were told to disrupt public meetings, beat up reformist activists and assault former interior minister Abdollah
Nouri, a popular reformist now serving a jail sentence on charges of inciting religious and political dissent.

Rohami was the private prosecutor in the students' case against Farhad Nazari, the former Tehran police chief who, along with several of his subordinates, stood trial for last July's violent assault on a Tehran University dormitory. Nazari was sacked from his job, but was acquitted of all the charges.

Ebadi was the lawyer for the children of political dissidents Daryush and Parvaneh Foruhar who were mysteriously knifed to death in November 1998.

Alizadeh rebuffed a call by a parliamentary committee to be informed of Ebrahimi's confessions to handle his complaints. He said that only the judiciary is competent to handle this case.

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