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Iranian Government Spokesman urges prosecuting university hostage-takers

Tehran, Nov 3, IRNA -- Government Spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh on Wednesday urged that those responsible for taking hostage the chancellor of the University of Science and Technology, Mohammad-Taqi Salehi should be prosecuted.

He told IRNA that the government considers such provocations uncivil, nonethical and against the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"During the cabinet meeting of today, Minister of Sciences, Research and Technology Jafar Tofiqi briefed the attendants on Tuesday's hostage-taking incident.

"While condemning the move, the government officials declared that the incident is in conflict with science and should be tackled without negligence," he added.

Ramezanzadeh further expressed satisfaction that the move has been also condemned by all student movements.

In response to a question whether any progress has been made in identifying those behind the plot, he gave an affirmative response. Meanwhile, in another development, members of the scientific faculty of the University of Science and Technology issued separate statements and condemned the Tuesday attack on Salehi.

A group of students in objection to the speech of Ibrahim Yazdi and Mostafa Tajzadeh at the University of Science and Technology beat the chancellor and took him hostage for three hours.

According to one of the statements issued by the scientific aculty of the university, Salehi was kidnapped on a confiscated bus.

"He was held hostage for a few hours and beaten violently while the incident was witnessed by the passersby. Salehi was taken to hospital on Tuesday night, once his physical and mental condition deteriorated after being beaten," it added.

Another statement issued by the university council condemned yesterday's attack on the chancellor of the University of Science and Technology by a group of students.

The statement has also called on students to stay calm and avoid unreasonable reactions that may prepare the grounds for abuse by opportunists.

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