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12/20/03

Examination of dissident Aghajari's situation on Iran parliament's agenda

Iranian parliament has put on its agenda examination of the situation of the jailed outspoken university professor Hashem Aghajari, IRNA reported from Tehran on Saturday.

The parliament is to read out at a public session Sunday a report prepared by the Article 90 commission of the parliament for the file case of Aghajari, said Jamileh Kadivar, Rapporteur of the Commission on Saturday.

The Majlis presiding board had three weeks ago put the examination of Aghajari's case on its agenda for the second time before the intense lobbying by some political and influential figures resulted in removing it from the Parliament's agenda, said the MP.

Kadivar told the IRNA that the Commission report is expected to be read out in the parliament session after much delay.

On December 9, some 161 MPs in a statement honored academic Hashem Aghajari and said that the injustice to which Aghajari has been exposed to is the price the nation is paying for the cause of freedom of expression.

Aghajari, 46, was initially sentenced by a court in Hamedan, western Iran, to death on charge of blasphemy but the sentence was quashed by the Supreme Court after the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a review.

The sentence were related to Aghajari's speech in August last year in which he called for religious restructuring and criticized the Islamic principle of emulating religious leaders in Iran.

Aghajari is a war veteran, who lost his leg as well as his brother during the Iraqi imposed-war of 1980-1988.

The death sentence drew angry criticism, with students staging several days of protest rallies to call on the Judiciary to suspend the ruling.

The ruling against Aghajari was commuted as the influential figures intervened in the whole saga.

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