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BBC Monitoring Service
May 8, 2001

Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA

Tehran, 8 May: Reformist student leader Sa'idollah Bedashti has been summoned to show up in a Tehran Revolution Court Wednesday [9 May] on charges of "acting against national security", the student news agency ISNA said Tuesday [8 May].

The agency quoted him as saying that he was also questioned Tuesday on the July 1999 police attack on a student dormitory which sparked days of unprecedented bloody riots and a student riot in western Khorramabad last August.

Bedashti is a member of the biggest pro-reform student group Office for Fostering Unity (OFU), the agency said.

Revolution Court has thus far summoned several OFU leading members.

The OFU political leader Ali Afshari, 27, was arrested in December after delivering a fiery campus speech questioning the authority of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i.

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.

Earlier this month, Afshari's family said that he is being held in a secret location in "inhuman" conditions.

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