February 15, 1989 |
As anger over an allegedly blasphemous novel continued to gather force in the Islamic world, Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said Tuesday that the author and publishers of the book should be killed.
February 8, 2001 |
Iran's Supreme Court has denied an appeal from 10 Iranian Jews jailed after being convicted of spying for Israel, the state IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. It quoted a statement by the prosecutor's office as saying that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case after three judges studied the appeal and found it to have no legal basis.
January 26, 2000 |
Iran's supreme leader has pardoned the popular, reform-minded former mayor of Tehran after seven months in prison, a move seen as part of an effort by hard-liners to project a more moderate image ahead of parliamentary elections. Gholamhossein Karbaschi was imprisoned on corruption charges, which he denied, and sentenced to two years in prison. Now he is poised to plunge back into public life and will soon launch a daily newspaper, according to Parvin Emami, a journalist who is working with him.
December 23, 1990 |
The former combat tank driver seemed out of place selling bras and panties in an indoor bazaar. He was slightly more drawn than when he left for war six years ago, friends said, but he was still brawny enough to haul big sacks of clothing as if they were weightless, and his thick hands made the flimsy wares he sold look like dolls' clothing. He was content, he said, haggling over prices with his customers and patiently tugging at elastic bands to show off the quality.
August 22, 1988
A British diplomat was allowed to visit one of two Britons being held in a Tehran prison on spying charges, the Foreign Office said in London. David Reddaway, who went to Iran on Aug. 12 after a thaw in relations between the two countries, visited Nicholas Nicola in Tehran's Evin Prison and found him "in good health and reasonably cheerful," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
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.