Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ramin Jahanbegloo: "...having relations with foreigners."

from Roos,
...Iran’s minister of intelligence Mohseni Ejeyi told Fars news agency that “Jahanbegloo is in the custody of the ministry of intelligence on charges of having relations with foreigners.” But soon, even this assertion was altered and “charge” became “crime”. “Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeyi said Ramin Jahanbegloo had been arrested for the crime of having relations with foreigners by judiciary officials and sent to the ministry of intelligence for an investigation.” And even more interestingly, the minister then said, “After the inquiries on him, relevant information about his charges was provided to the press.” And with these words, he did not say anything about what Keyhan, Resalat, Jomhouri-e Eslami or Farda website had published on the subject, while Farda wrote that “Jahanbegloo was being kept at ward 209 of Evin prison and tens of pages of confessions have been obtained from him.” And once again, this news was attributed to a source who did not wish to reveal his name and identity.

It is really ironic that at a time when there is talk of slander, respect for people and rules to be followed, those who mention them have everybody in mind except Iranian dissidents like Jahanbegloo.
Pettitions: French Scholars; and Letters: Amnesty International, PEN Canada, and University of Toronto.

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