Sep 2010

Shell buys more Iranian crude oil

The Anglo-Dutch oil company, Shell increased its purchase of oil from Iran this summer, British newspaper Guardian reported.

Taliban forces dismiss Afghan peace efforts as inadequate

Taliban forces announced that the current composition of the Peace Council and the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan make any attempt at establishing peace futile.

Opposition leader stands by his criticism of Iranian Assembly

Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi defended his recent letter to the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts and insisted that the Assembly has “deviated since 1991 under the force of the Guardian Council."

Iranian authorities say identified murderer committed suicide

Iranian media announced that one of the shooters of the murdered cardiologist, Gholamreza Sarabi, shot himself to death during police pursuit in northern Iran.

Strikes continue in Bazaar of Tehran and other cities

While gold merchants in the Bazaar of Tehran and other cities continue their strike, head of Gold and Jewellery Dealers Union warned merchants that if they persist in keeping their stores closed, they will have to face legal proceedings.

Iran security chief denies political dimensions in doctor's murder

Iran’s Chief of Security Forces, Commander Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam announced that the recent murder of a physician in Tehran is in no way connected with the Kahrizak Detention Centre.

Families of killed detainees call for prosecution of senior officials

The families of the three Iranian detainees who were killed under torture in Kahrizak Detention Centre announced that rather than calling for the execution of the two guards who have been sentenced to death in these crimes, they call for the prosecution of the true perpetrators of the events.

Iranian blogger receives heavy prison term

Iranian blogger, Hossein Derakhshan has been sentenced to 19 years in prison by the Iranian judiciary.

Iranian journalist sentenced to three years in prison

Iranian journalist, Issa Saharkhiz was sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting Iran’s leader and propaganda against the regime.”

Iran says boycott of S300 missiles illegal

Ramin Mehmanparast, speaker for Iran’s foreign ministry announced that the UN resolution does not justify Russia’s refusal to deliver S300 missile systems to Iran.

Iranian judiciary bans reformist groups

Iran’s Prosecutor-General announced that the two reformist parties, Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution have been banned by the judiciary.

Reformist site announces government involvment in attacks on Karroubi's home

A recent report on reformist websites reveals that a number of government figures were identified amongst the attackers of Mehdi Karroubi’s home.

Reformists publish list of political prisoners

Kaleme Website published the names and details of 216 political prisoners in Iran’s various prisons who between themselves are sentenced to 1100 years of imprisonment.

Rahnavard condemns mass executions of 88

Zahra Rahnavard, described the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 as a black stain for the country and condemned the government’s revenge on the People’s Mojahedin Organization as a “big error.”

Iranian parliament receives petition to scrap polygamy

A group of women’s rights activists delivered a petition with five thousand signatures to the Iranian parliament urging the legislative body to “bar polygamy.”

Iran challenges IAEA legitimacy

Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency speaking at the general conference of the IAEA in Vienna said the International Atomic Energy Agency is faced with “an ethical legitimacy and competence crisis.”

Mousavi denies conflicts amongst opposition leaders

MirHosein Mousavi announced that contrary to allegations of state-backed media that he has conflicts with Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami, they in fact have no disagreements and are constantly in contact.

Iranian activists call for release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

Over 400 Iranian social activists urged Iranian judiciary to release, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian lawyer who was incarcerated in connection with her defence of political prisoners.

Ahmadinejad says Iran ready for negotaitions

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a press conference yesterday in New York that Iran will start talks with a G5+1 member to set up the “framework for the continuation of negotiations.”

Medvedev bans Iranian officials from entering Russia

Dmitry Medvedev has barred a number of Iranian officials from entering Russia or passing through it in transit.