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TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - The conservative judiciary has summoned a third reformist official from the interior ministry on allegations of "electoral fraud" in elections a year ago, judicial sources said Sunday.
Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani, a member of the liberal student movement Office to Consolidate Unity, will appear before a court at an unannounced date.

The judiciary has already charged Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh and Tehran governor Ayatollahi Azarmi, accusing them of
partisanship in overseeing the February 2000 election in which reformists were swept into the parliament.

Tajzadeh, a close ally of President Khatami, was due to attend another court session Sunday.

At a hearing Monday, he criticized the judiciary for not also summoning members of the conservative Guardians Council oversight body, which had ordered him to recount electoral results.

"This is the first time in the world that an official from an electoral organization is held responsible for irregularities committed in ajurisdiction," Tajzadeh said.

Azarmi's court appearance has been delayed because he is ill.

Tajzadeh has also appeared in court several times for his alleged role in the unrest last August in the provincial capital of Khoramabad.

One policeman was killed and dozens of people wounded in several days of clashes in Khoramabad after a mob stormed the city airport to block two liberals from addressing a pro-reform student gathering.

The conservative-run state inspectorate-general put much of the blame for the unrest on reformists, specifically naming Tajzadeh after his ministry issued permits for the conference.

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