April 5, 1998 |
The mayor of Tehran, who played a major role in the election of moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of embezzlement. The move is expected to increase the power struggle between Khatami's supporters and the hard-liners opposed to his moderate policies. Gholamhossein Karbaschi was arrested after he showed up for a court session in a corruption probe, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
July 12, 1998 |
In a dramatic finale to a trial that has riveted this nation, Tehran's pro-reform mayor gave a powerful, four-hour defense of himself and his administration Saturday, denying corruption allegations lodged by conservatives opposed to liberalizing Iran's Islamic rule.
July 24, 1998 |
To the shock of friends and supporters, a conservative Islamic judge in Iran on Thursday convicted Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the reformist mayor of Tehran, of corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison, 60 lashes and fines of more than $300,000. The verdict against Karbaschi, a leading symbol of the new climate of liberalization in the Islamic Republic and one of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's staunchest political allies, was harsher than most analysts expected.