Tehran, Oct 28, IRNA -- The Press Jury here Saturday issued its
verdict on the case against the Managing Editor of daily `Asr-e
Azadegan' (age of freedom seekers) Ghafour Garshasbi and found him
guilty of publishing sacrilegious, defamatory and false articles and
violating the press law. The jury, however, considered him eligible
for commuted sentence.
The Public Relations Department at Tehran's Justice Department
said in a statement on Saturday that the jury board had found
Garshasbi guilty of charges lodged by the Security Department of the
Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) and the Islamic Republic of Iran's
The jury however, acquitted Garshasbi on charges brought against
him by the Judicial Organization of Armed Forces, Managing Editor of
`Jame Farda' and Secretary of the Guardians Council.
It considered Garshasbi eligible for commuted sentence for being
honest in acknowledging to his negligence in ceding his daily to
`Jame' Rooz' Co. and for his clean penal record.
Court postpones Kadivar's trial
Tehran, Oct 28, IRNA -- Mohsen Kadivar's trial was postponed due to
the absence of the presiding judge, announced Zahra Dorudi, wife of
Kadivar, told IRNA here on Saturday.
Mrs. Dorudi said following the summon of the First Branch of the
Special Court for the Clergy (SCC), presided over by judge
Hojatoleslam Razini, former head of Tehran's Justice Department, her
husband had referred to court today but the trial was postponed as the
presiding judge failed to show up.
She said that Kadivar had not been informed of the next date, the
kind of accusation and bill of indictment issued by the SCC.
Alizadeh ready to take part in debate with Mazrouie
Tehran, Oct 28, IRNA -- Head of the Tehran Justice Department,
Hojjatoleslam Abbasali Alizadeh, has expressed readiness to take part
in a televised debate with the President of the Association of
Iranian Journalists, Rajabali Mazrouie, the public relations office
of the justice department announced here on Saturday.
Mazrouie, rejecting certain remarks made by Hojjatoleslam
Alizadeh with regard to the mass closure of periodicals, had earlier
challenged him to a televised debate.
Simultaneous with his announcement on his readiness to face
Mazrouie in a debate, Alizadeh dismissed his challenger's remarks
as emanating from a lack of knowledge of legal and judicial
Meanwhile, Hojjatoleslam Alizadeh is said to have accepted the
challenge on two conditions: firstly, jurists from various seminaries
and universities should be present during the debate and, secondly,
the debate should be televised live on the Islamic Republic of Iran