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Iran court slaps one-day publication ban on Persian daily Kayhan

A Tehran prosecutor has banned the Persian daily Kayhan from publishing on Tuesday on yet unspecified charges, IRNA reported.

According to Judge Qadami's ruling at Bench 3 of Tehran prosecutor's office, the paper has been slapped with the one-day suspension because of publishing 'banned material'.

Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi had earlier lodged a complaint against the paper for allegedly insulting the Iranian parliament and deputies.

The suit was brought up after the paper seized on a report from Yemen, where a raging cow reportedly entered the country's parliament and injured several people, intending to mock Iranian deputies.

"This is not so strange, because in a country where candidates are not checked in any way, any cow can get into parliament," Kayhan taunted.

The jibe was published at the height of a standoff between the parliament and the arbitrative Expediency Council over President Mohammad Khatami's twin bills which sought to prop up presidential powers.

The jeer triggered a furor, with several newspapers charging that Kayhan had trespassed the red lines.

The paper usually publishes material or cartoons, which take a butt at Iranian parliament and deputies.

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