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The Express Chronicle
April 17, 2001

Tehran, IRAN. On April 16, Iranian security service officers and plainclothes agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Court arrested several student leaders and human rights activists holding a meeting in the office of the United Student Front (USF).

According to April 16 reports from the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI), security agents entered the premises by force without showing any warrants for either arrest or search. They beat several participants in the meeting and sprayed the premises with teargas.

Then they forced USF leaders Hezmatollah Tabarzadi, Parviz Safari, Mohammad Massood Salamati and Hassan Zare-Zadeh into their cars and took them away to an unknown destination.

Several security agents filmed the gathering and took pictures of other participants, threatening them with prosecution should they continue their activities "against the Islamic republic regime."

The United Student Front (USF) is an organization of Iranian students that calls for a democratic referendum on future political system in Iran.

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Police Detain Iranian Dissident

By AFSHIN VALINEJAD, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Apr. 18 - Police have detained a leading dissident, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday, in a crackdown ahead of the June presidential election.

Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was arrested Monday for ``harming national security,'' the Islamic Republic News Agency said. The detention was ordered by the Tehran Revolutionary Court, a body controlled by hard-liners.

Tabarzadi is a former student leader who was previously detained four times for his political activities.

Earlier this month, police detained 42 members of the Freedom Movement, a group of reformist intellectuals, on charges of trying to overthrow the Islamic establishment.

The detentions provoked condemnation in Iran and abroad. President Mohammad Khatami criticized them and 150 members of parliament called on judicial authorities to stop their "illegal actions."

Newspapers on Tuesday quoted the head of the court, Ali Mobasheri, as saying some Freedom Movement detainees had confessed.

"To carry out our legal duties to protect the establishment, we do not seek permission from the White House and the European Union (news - web sites) and, of course, we will not do anything to justify our actions," Mobasheri was quoted as saying.

Some Freedom Movement detainees have been released.

Reformists are locked in a power struggle with hard-liners opposed to the greater political and social freedoms introduced by Khatami since his 1997 election.

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Family says imprisoned student leader held in "inhuman" conditions

TEHRAN, May 2 (AFP) - The imprisoned political leader of largest pro-reform student group is being held in a secret location in "inhuman" conditions, his family said in a letter published Wednesday.

Ali Afshari, the 27-year-old head of the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU), was arrested in December after delivering a fiery campus speech questioning the authority of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The following month he was slapped with a six-year jail term for earlier taking part in an "anti-Islamic" conference in Germany which the judiciary said was aimed at overthrowing the clerical regime.

In the letter, published by the Hambstigi paper, his relatives said Afshari had been held for 140 days "in an unknown location and is being subjected to inhuman conditions."

They said Afshari had been responsible for organising the 1997 electoral campaign of President Mohammad Khatami on university campuses and called on the reformist president to intervene, the paper reported.

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Efforts said being made to prevent broadcast of "important confessions"

BBC Monitoring Service
May 2, 2001

Text of report by Iranian newspaper Siyasat-e Ruz web site on 2 May

There are efforts under way to prevent the broadcast of Ali Afshari's confessions.

Although the slogan "the people have the right to know" is used for propaganda purposes when appropriate by the 2 Khordad [reformist] forces, now that the important confessions made by Ali Afshari, member of the Office for Fostering Unity [student association], are to be put at the disposal of the public, intensified negotiations are taking place to prevent the broadcast of the confessions.

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