Jun 2010

Death penalty for two accused of killing political detainees

Iran’s judicial branch of the armed forces announced today that two of the Kahrizak Detention Centre guards accused of “intentional beating causing death” were sentenced to death.

Iranian opposition leader attacked at Sharif Univeristy

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was attacked by a group of plain clothes pro-government elements at Sharif University yesterday.

Pro-Ahmadinejad figures nominated for Azad University presidency

The disputes over the leadership of Iran’s Azad University in the Islamic Republic continues as three former Ahmadinejad cabinet ministers are nominated for the position of the university president.

US official dismisses new footage of Iranian missing scientist

A US official in Washington said the allegation made in the latest footage of the missing scientist that the CIA has kidnapped Shahram Amiri is "ludicrous."

Protests against Dutch TV's invitation to head of Iranian TV

An official invitation extended to head of Islamic Republic’s national television network, Seda va Sima by Dutch national television network drew widespread protests in the Netherlands.

Iran FM calls for severing of cultural ties with Britain

Iranian Foreign Minister, Manochehr Mottaki says Britain has a “thick file of biased action” against Iran and therefore the foreign ministry is in agreement with complete severing of all cultural and educational relations with Britain.

Rahnavard concerned for Iranian detainee sentenced to death

Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard issued a statement this morning expressing hope that the news of execution of Zeynab Jalalian is just “a rumour.”

Ahmadinejad announces new conditions for nuclear talks

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced his new conditions for continuing nuclear negotiations with Western powers.

UAE freezes 41 Iranian bank accounts

United Arab Emirates Central Bank has frozen 41 bank accounts in adherence to the UN sanctions that were approved against Iran on June 9.

Iranian opposition leader: Violence and intimidation do not lead to unity

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi responded to the Supreme Leader’s call for “unity” saying: “Unity cannot be achieved through threats and pressure.”

Islamic Republic government offices to identify "elements of sedition"

Lotfollah Forouzandeh, Deputy Chief of Management and Human Power Development of Islamic Republic’s President’s Office announced that the “elements of sedition” must be identified in government offices.

Rafsanjani criticizes Iran's political milieu

Ayatollah Rafsanjani, chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, criticized Islamic Republic’s political atmosphere and condemned the recent efforts at “character assassination” of prominent political figures.

G8 urges Iran to respect international agreements

G8 leaders pressed Iran for more transparency in its nuclear activities as well as urging it to respect the rule of law and freedom of expression for its citizens.

Karzai nominates seven cabinet positions

President Hamid Karzai has nominated seven cabinet ministers to fill the posts in his government, the Afghan Parliament reported.

Iran's veiling restrictions to be decided by popular polls

Head of Iranian security forces, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam announced that they will take a poll on the enforcement of hijab (Muslim dress code) in every province.

Hassan Khomeini calls for end to extremism

Seyed Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, says “extremism” must be abandoned and “extremists” must be churned away in the Islamic Republic.

Iranian aid ship to Gaza cancelled

Secretary General of International Conference on Support for Palestinian Intifada, Hossein Sheikholeslam announced today that the Iranian aid ship will not go to Gaza.

Families of detainees complain to Tehran Prosecutor

A group of families of Iran’s post-election detainees complained to Tehran Prosecutor General about the “short length of allowed visits and the ill behaviour of some of the prison officials” at Karaj’s RejaiShahr Prison.

Iran opposed to US peacekeeping forces in Qarabagh

Iranian ambassador to Armenia announced that Iran opposes the presence of US peacekeeping forces in the disputed region of Qarabagh.

Revolutionary Guards warn against inspection of Iranian carriers

Iranian Naval Commander, Ali Fadavi announced they will respond to inspection of Iranian ships in the open and international waters by the US and its allies with “special and proportionate” reaction in Hormuz Strait and the Persian Gulf.