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Iranian MP says arrested student's confessions baseless

A Tehran Constituency MP, speaking in Tehran on Friday, labeled the confessions of an arrested university student, published in a morning and an evening Iranian dailies, as "funny and cent percent against the truth," IRNA reported.

MP Fatemeh Haqiqatjou, who was reacting to the confessions made Peyman Aref, that were published in Kayhan and Resalat dailies, in a message faxed to IRNA said, "The publication of such confessions is a stage of a pre-planned scenario, designed by the strategists of despotism and aggression against the university students."

She added in her statement, "One of the objectives behind such moves is concealing the inhumane crimes committed against the university students at Tarasht University dormitory."

Haqiqatjou said, "These confessions are virtually a piece in the puzzle that can be called 'suppression of Iran's reforms movement', aimed to denying all the righteous demands of the Iranian nation, and are therefore totally worthless and unauthentic.

The Tehran Constituency MP emphasizes, "Everyone knows that I was nominated as a candidate for Iran's 6th parliamentary elections by the the country's largest student body, the Office to Foster Unity (OFU), and therefore, my relation with the university students have never been made secretly, or behind curtains."

She adds, "My relation with the OFU, too, has always been quite transparent, and its dimensions are quite clear for the country's security officials, therefore, the publication of such phony confessions would not result in ceasing the strong support of the parliament for Iran's student movement."

Haqiqatjou added, "Amid the highly radicalized prevailing atmosphere at the country's universities, the efforts made by my colleagues and I, who pursue the developments in the country's student movement, particularly those made by the esteemed parliament speaker, are aimed mainly at inviting the students to pursue their objectives peacefully, and respect the rules of national security."

She further stressed, "Had we not worked hard in those respects, I seriously doubt that the Iranian universities would have been able to continue their academic activities today."

The Tehran Constituency MP adds, "I have met Peyman Aref only once at the parliament and the only issue we discussed was around his being summoned to Bench 26 of Tehran's General Court. Both my colleagues and I, on the average, advised him to appear at the court on the appointed date during that meeting."

She Further stressed, "I personally have neither met Mr. Tabarzadi, nor Mr. Sazegara in my life, let alone proposing a suggestion regarding cooperation with them in the framework of the Iranian student movement."

Haqiqatjou adds, "On the night of the incidence, I was informed by (the Tehran Police Chief Brigadier) General Morteza Talaie, who even invited me to attend the Tehran University dormitory to talk to the protesting students and invite them to observe tranquility, but I rejected the initiative."

She adds, "Yet, the day after that, when the university students took captive three of the members of the Sarallah Headquarters, again upon a direct request made by General Talaie, and along with the head and deputy head of the Tehran Intelligence Organization, I attended at the gathering of the protesting students and made my best efforts aimed at releasing the captured figures, which led to their release."

Haqiqatjou says, "I preserve the right to file a complaint against these accusations (supposedly made by Peyman Aref), and pursuing the case at the country's courts of justice."

She concludes, "In order to clarify the roots of the recent student unrest, it is suggestible to look for those who forged the news on privatizing of the Iranian universities, which is not very difficult to find out either, and furthermore, to clarify the role played by the illegal pressure groups and plain clothes anarchists, who were the ones that instigated a higher level of tension and unrest."

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