Leaders of Iran

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Alaeddin Boroujerdi - Iraqi Elections Will Restore Stability

Iran Daily: "Iraqi Elections Will Restore Stability

TEHRAN, Jan. 12--A lawmaker on Wednesday underlined the need to hold sound and free general elections in Iraq to restore stability and security to the country.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, expressed hope all ethnic and religious groups could take part in the January 30 elections which will prepare the ground for establishment of an independent Iraq without the presence of foreign troops, IRNA reported.
In his meeting with Secretary-General of Iraq's Kurdestan Islamic Union Salahuddin Mohammad Bahauddin, he underlined the significance of the deeply-rooted religious, cultural and historical bonds between the two countries and briefed the Iraqi official on Iran's stances.
"Iran's policy is based on the need for Iraq's unity and territorial integrity and non-interference of foreigners in that country," he said.
Boroujerdi underscored the need for solidarity among Iraqi groups, saying that Iran's government and Majlis will support Iraq's reconstruction efforts.
"Unity, solidarity and cooperation among ethnic and religious groups in Iraq will neutralize the plots hatched by its enemies," he said.
The Iraqi official, for his part, briefed Boroujerdi about Iraq's current developments.
Bahauddin stressed the need to hold a free and sound election in Iraq with the participation of all Iraqi ethnic groups, expressing hope that Iran-Iraq relations would broaden in the wake of free elections in his country."

Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi and the Kazemi Case

Iran Judiciary Chief asks prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to deal with culprits in Kazemi's death severely: "7/22/03
Iran Judiciary Chief asks prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to deal with culprits in Kazemi's death severely

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah seyed Mahmoud Shahroudi, appreciating the president's timely and quick order for investigation about Zahra Kazemi's death, asked the Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to deal with those involved in her death according to the laws, as soon as possible, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Ayatollah Shahroudi who was speaking at the weekly gathering of the judiciary officials, said, "The four ministers appointed by resident Khatami have prepared a comprehensive account of the event, a copy of which was sent to me by the president."

Appreciating the efforts made by the four ministers in charge, Shahroudi said, "Their report has been delivered to the judiciary or careful and speedy consideration, and the signature of the esteemed health minster at its bottom makes the judiciary's task easier."

Ayatollah Shahroudi assured that the possible involved parties in the issue would definitely be punished by the judiciary.

According to the delegation appointed by the president, the reason or the death of the photo jounalist Zahra Kazemi, 54, on July 11 in ne of Tehran's hospitals, has been announced as "brain hemorrhage, due to strike on the head."

Kazemi who worked for a Canadian journal was arrested while taking hotographs in front of Tehran's Evin Prison on June 23.

Following this Iranian photojournalists' death, President Khatami appointed a committee comprised of the ministers of Culture nd Islamic Guidance, Interior, and Judiciary, to survey the matter and report to him immediately.

President asks Shahroudi to hold judicial inquiry into Kazemi's death
President Mohammad Khatami on Monday forwarded the findings of the probe into the death of Mrs Zahra Kazemi to the Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi and called for legal inquiries into the case, IRNA reported from Tehran.
In a letter to Ayatollah Shahroudi, President Khatami said that legal action against those probably involved in the attack will prove that justice is being observed and the rights of every individual are respected.

The president expressed condolence to Mrs Kazemi's family.

The inquiry conducted by five cabinet ministers found that Mrs Kazemi's death was caused by a fracture in her skull while she was under arrest.

Karroubi dismisses questions on prosecutor in journalist's death case
Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Tuesday rejected criticism about submitting the case on the death of Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi to Tehran prosecutor for investigation, IRNA reported from Tehran.
"Naturally when somebody is treated unfairly, the Judiciary has to probe into that," he told reporters at the floor of the parliament when asked if Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was fit to handle the case.

President Mohammad Khatami on Monday sent a special committee's findings on the death of the 54-year-old journalist to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi.

The judiciary has to launch its own investigation to find out if anyone was to blame for the death of the victim, who died while in custody.

The ad hoc committee, formed on President Khatami's order, has said that Kazemi died after her skull was fractured either 'because a hard object hit her head or her head hit a hard object'.

A key Khatami ally and MP from Tehran, Ali Akbar Mohtashami-Pour, told IRNA Tuesday that 'given the president's emphasis that those responsible for Zahra Kazemi's death be established, the special committee's report in this case has not completely answered Mr. Khatami's questions'.

Ministry of Culture has said that the journalist was arrested last month while illegally taking pictures from Evin prison in Tehran and whisked away to Information (Intelligence) Ministry, where he felt unwell and was taken to hospital.

Several days later, she was pronounced dead from brain stroke on July 11, the head of the ministry's foreign media office, Mohammad-Hossein Khoshvaqt said.

The 54-year-old journalist worked for Canada's Camera Press magazine. Iran has rejected Canada's request to transfer the journalist's body to that country, saying, "Mrs. Kazemi is an Iranian citizen and in this case we will act according to the will of her family.""

Mortazavi Press Trials in Iran

Press Freedom in Iran: "After the closure of Tous in September 1998, pressure on the press continued to mount. The independent newspapers Rah-e No (New Way), Tavana (Capable), Jame'eh, Salem (Healthy Society), Navid Esfahan (Gospel of Isfahan), Iran-e Farda (Tomorrow's Iran), and Mubayyin (Announcer) were closed by the Press Court. Adineh (Friday), a cultural monthly not previously known to have been the subject of complaints, was ordered closed by the Press Court in February 1999. In the cases of Jame-eh Salem and Adineh, the jury found them in violation of the Press Law but recommended minimum punishment, not including closure. The judge disregarded the jury's recommendations and closed them both. However, it is important to note that all of the above titles with the exception of Tous continue to publish despite the closure orders issued by the court. They justified their continued operation on the grounds that they had not received the formal closure order.

Following the Adineh decision, the jury protested the judge's action in that case by not attending the next hearing, involving a complaint against Keyhan (Galaxy) newspaper. This forced a postponement in the proceedings. At the second Keyhan hearing, the judge dismissed the six jurors who had absented themselves. Since then the Press Court in Tehran has not been able to convene because of the unavailability of the six jurors, who filed a lawsuit with the High Judicial Disciplinary tribunal against the judge claiming that he had acted improperly in dismissing them. In August 1999, the tribunal found that Saeid Mortazavi, the judge in the press court in Tehran, had exceeded his authority in ordering the dismissal of the jurors, but recommended no punishment. He remains in office.17 President Khatami also established a special commission to review the functioning of the press courts, but the result of the commission's review has not yet been published."