Monday, November 03, 2008

Iran: (in)decent

Government parliamentary representative Mohammad Abbasi is Sunday banned from parliament for 'indecent' involvement in the impeachmentcase around Ali Kordan.
He has been accused of attempting to bribe lawmakers with USD5,000 in a bid to withdraw their support from a motion to impeach Kordan.
The impeachment session over Kordan will take place on November 4, president Ahmadinejad said that he will not attend the session, as he considers impeaching Ali Kordan as illegal.

According to Fars newsagency the leader of the group Jundollah, Abdolmalek Rigi is seriously wounded and 4 members of the group are killed at clashes in Sistan-e-Baluchestan province, near the Iran/Pakistan border.
The tv-broadcaster SAMA-TV announced this. Pakistan newssources confirmed the clashes, but gave no further details whether Rigi has been apprehended.

Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said that Iran would cut the sales of crude oil to the French oilcompany Total with 70,000 barrels per day.
This is part of the outcome of Iran's decision to slash its production by 199,000 bpd based on a newly specified OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) quota.
At the meeting on Oct. 24, OPEC ministers agreed to reduce output by 1.5 million barrels a day to 27.3 million bpd from Nov. 1 in an attempt to prevent prices falling further.

GlobalVoicesOnline writes that academics, united in Scholars for Peace in the Middle East put a petition online to ask the Governments of Afghanistan and Iran and the United Nations Council on Human Rights to release the academics
Esha Momeni, Prof. Mehdi Zakerian and the Afghan citizen Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh.
Esha Momeni was arrested while visiting her family in Tehran and took interviews for her thesis with members of the OneMillionSignaturescampaign .
Since then she is hold in Evin prison.
Prof. Mehdi Zakerian was arrested in August while awaiting visa clearance to serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's law school.
Reports say he is charged for espionage.
The Afghan citizen Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh was initially sentenced to death for downloading an article from the internet on women's rights in Islam and discussing it in class.
Later this deathsentence was commuted to a lifesentence.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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