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posted February 13, 2001 09:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TEHRAN, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Hardline Iranian bodies on Monday renewed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie ahead of the 12th anniversary of the "fatwa" against the British author issued by former supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

"We ask world Moslems to carry out this divine edict and cleanse the world of such mercenary Satans," the Islamic Propagation Organisation said in a statement quoted by the official news agency IRNA.

The elite Revolutionary Guards also issued a statement in support of the fatwa issued by Khomeini on February 14, 1989, against the Indian-born writer for alleged blasphemy against Islam in his novel "The Satanic

"The fatwa against the apostate Rushdie is irrevocable. We ask our government to use diplomatic means to prevent the fatwa from being phased out," IRNA quoted the Guards' statement as saying.

The Propagation Organisation was created after the 1979 Islamic revolution to promote radical Islamic views around the world.

The calls came despite a 1998 pledge by the Iranian government not to seek to carry out the fatwa, a move that led to warmer ties with Britain.

Ignoring the pledge, a hardline Iranian foundation last year offered to add interest to its $2.8 million bounty on Rushdie's head.

The Guards, the foundation and the Propagation Organisation are among bodies controlled by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, widely seen to be closer to hardline conservatives opposed to President Mohammad Khatami's liberal reforms.

Khatami on Saturday accused hardliners of seeking to harm Iran's international image and undermine democracy at home.

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Hard-line say America is better place to kill Rushdie

By Afshin Valinejad
Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Feb. 14 -- Hard-line groups have renewed calls for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie, saying the United States, where the Indian-born novelist now lives, is a better place to do it.

Iran's late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa -- or Islamic edict -- against Rushdie on Feb. 14, 1989. He ordered Muslims to kill the Indian-born author because he had allegedly insulted Islam in his best-selling novel, "The Satanic Verses."

Khomeini's fatwa sent Rushdie into hiding, under police protection.

In 1998, the Iranian government ended its endorsement of the Khomeini edict. But it could not rescind it, because according to Islamic law only the person who issued the decree can revoke it. Khomeini died of cancer in June 1989.

All Iranian newspapers ignored the anniversary of the edict in their Tuesday editions except the hard-line daily Jomhuri Islami. The Farsi-language newspaper ran a 16-page special supplement with the edict
splashed across its front page above a cartoon depicting Rushdie, who now lives in New York, looking at a mirror reflection of himself headless.

The daily said in an editorial that Rushdie's move to the United States would make his killing easier, saying his new location offered "more possibilities of executing this traitor in America." It did not elaborate.

On Monday, the Revolutionary Guards, the country's main military force, issued a statement saying the death sentence against Rushdie still stands, according to a report by Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Ayatollah Hassan Saneii, head of the semi-official Khordad foundation, which has allocated a $2.8-million bounty on Rushdie's head, was quoted by Jomhuri Islami as saying that Khomeini's verdict is unchangeable. Last
year Saneii said the foundation's reward "will be paid with the accumulated interest" to those who enforce the decree.

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