January 9, 1999 |
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the nation's supreme leader, asserted that foreign hands were behind the recent killings of five Iranian dissidents and warned that such slayings will continue. He did not specify any foreign country or organization as being behind the killings. The Intelligence Ministry announced this week that several of its agents had been arrested in connection with the killings.
December 28, 1998 |
Eight clerics who support a moderate religious leader who challenged the clergy's right to rule Iran have been arrested, a weekly Iranian newspaper reported. In November 1997, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri was publicly repudiated after he questioned the legitimacy of rule by the clergy, including Iran's powerful spiritual leader Ali Khamenei. Khamenei accused him of treason. Montazeri has been confined to his house in Qom since last year.
April 23, 2000 |
A journalist investigating the 1998 killings of five dissidents by intelligence agents was arrested Saturday, the latest attempt by Islamic hard-liners to curb Iran's liberal press. Akbar Ganji's arrest came as newspaper editors and publishers complained to the culture minister after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condemned the reformist press as "enemies" of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
December 31, 2000 |
A former Iranian intelligence agent said Saturday that he participated in the 1998 killings of dissident writers and intellectuals, state-run television reported. Seyyed Mostafa Kazemi, the first of 17 defendants to testify, said during the closed court session that he had a role in ordering the killings, Iranian TV reported without providing any details.
December 3, 2000 |
Eight relatives and friends of five dissidents and writers who were killed by Iran's "rogue" intelligence agents in 1998 have been detained without explanation, a relative of one of those arrested said. The eight were among hundreds attending a memorial ceremony marking the second anniversary of the death of dissident writer Majid Sharif. The detainees included the widow of activist Habibollah Peyman, said his younger brother, Majid.
January 6, 1999 |
In a startling admission of wrongdoing by security forces, Iran announced Tuesday that a network of "deviant" intelligence agents has been rounded up in the mysterious slayings of five dissidents late last year. A statement from the Intelligence Ministry said that a group of its agents, acting on their own, had carried out "horrendous" crimes that had "to a very great extent tarnished the credibility" of the Islamic Republic.