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February 28, 1989
In an admission that appeared to dash any chance for the survival of thousands of political prisoners believed held in Iranian jails, Tehran's interior minister said that all dissidents known to the government have been executed. In an interview with an Arabic weekly published in Paris, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi said that Iran had put to death all prisoners belonging to the Iraqi-based Moujahedeen, Iran's main opposition group.
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June 26, 2009 | Natan Sharansky, Natan Sharansky spent nine years in the Soviet gulag. He is chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.
Once again, the world is amazed. As with the seemingly sudden appearance of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s, or the gaudy, grand-scale collapse of the Soviet empire at the end of that decade, the massive revolt of Iranian citizens has elicited the unmitigated surprise of the free world's army of experts, pundits and commentators. Who would have known?
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October 11, 1987 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
The unfamiliar strains of Persian ballads echoed through the hills of Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday as Neusha Farrahi was buried in a plot between slopes named Immortality and the Mystery of Life. Farrahi, 31, set himself on fire Sept. 20 in a protest at the Federal Building in Westwood. He died last week. The purpose of his sacrifice, he wrote, was to awaken Iranians and Americans to what he called the "barbaric" regime of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
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August 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Iran's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial of 15 former intelligence agents convicted in the 1998 killings of four dissidents, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said Saturday. The killings were seen as part of the power struggle between hard-liners, who control the Intelligence Ministry and other government offices, and reformists allied with popular President Mohammad Khatami.
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April 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The trial of Iranian dissident theologian Mohsen Kadivar opened before a clerical court in Tehran, a case expected to test the limits of freedom of thought in the Islamic Republic. Kadivar, a Shiite Muslim cleric and popular seminary lecturer, is accused of defaming Iran's Islamic system and confusing public opinion through speeches and media interviews.
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January 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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December 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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December 31, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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December 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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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July 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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May 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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December 31, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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December 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 6, 1999 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 19, 1988
About 9,000 members of opposition groups are in Iranian jails, an Iranian official said in a Tehran Radio broadcast, monitored in Nicosia, Cyprus. Davoud Karimi, the top drug-enforcement officer in the Komiteh revolutionary police, said Iranian jails also hold about 40,000 drug addicts or smugglers. Iranian officials are usually tight-lipped about the number of prisoners in Iranian jails.
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August 19, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling charges of espionage "ill-founded," an immigration judge on Friday freed an Iraqi dissident who had been jailed for nearly four years based on secret government evidence suggesting that he was a spy for a Middle East country. Dr. Ali Yasin Mohammed Karim, 39, walked out of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Detention Center in San Pedro shortly after 3 p.m. accompanied by his brother and his attorneys.
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May 23, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami marked the third anniversary of his election Monday, challenging the shadowy opponents who have killed, assaulted and intimidated his supporters, and issuing a call for freedom and democracy within Iran's Islamic republic. Khatami's speech was a clear riposte to the hard-liners who have sent his supporters to jail and closed 17 reformist newspapers in the past month.
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