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Press Jury finds Asr-e Azadegan editor guilty

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 Broadcasting (IRIB).

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 functions.

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 Broadcasting (IRIB).

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