July 24, 2001 |
Iran's spy chief said the 1998 killings of dissident writers by rogue intelligent agents were a "slight mistake" and insisted that Iranians need not fear security services. Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi also told newspapers that Iranians had forgiven the killings. The killings, which forced Yunesi's predecessor to resign, began Nov. 22, 1998, when Dariush Forouhar and his wife, who ran a small opposition party, were stabbed to death.
May 21, 2001 |
An appeals court has overturned a death sentence handed down last year against liberal dissident cleric Hassan Eshkevari. Eshkevari, 51, was tried behind closed doors by the secretive Special Clergy Court on charges of "apostasy, being at war with God and being corrupt on earth." President Mohammad Khatami, a moderate cleric, his pro-reform allies and international rights groups had denounced the charges.
January 28, 2001 |
Three former intelligence agents were condemned to death Saturday and five others to life in prison for the 1998 slayings of four dissidents who reformists say were targeted by Iran's hard-liners. Seven others received sentences ranging from 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison, and three agents were acquitted, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said, in a case held up as an illustration of the struggle between moderates and opponents of reform in Iran's Islamic government.
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.
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October 15, 2000 |
The trace of repeated beatings for secular thought linger on Gholam Reza Mohajery-Nejad's face: a crooked nose, the slight indentation in one cheekbone, the haunted look in dark eyes as he recounts 130 days of torture in a windowless Iranian prison. It is the same infamous prison that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was sent to for opposing the former shah.