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Leader casts vote in runoff elections (30.6.2000)

Tehran, June 30, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei cast his vote at ballot box 110 at Imam Khomeini Husseiniyeh shortly after voting started for the second stage of the Majlis election at Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Islamshahr constituency. Voting started in the said constituency at 9 a.m. (local time). The four hopefuls in this stage are Rasoul Montajab-Nia, Seyed li Akbar Mohtashami-Pour, Elias Hazrati, and Ali Akbar Rahmani.

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There are 2,124 ballot boxes set up by the Interior Ministry for this stage of the elections, including 1,950 fixed boxes and 174 mobile ones for rural and urban areas.
:irna 30/06/2000 11:08

Leader-Appointment Leader appoints Lotfian to new post (29.6.2000)

Tehran, June 29, IRNA -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here o Thursday appointed Brigadier General Hedayat Lotfian as the deputy chief of the general headquarters of the armed forces in charge of inspection division. "Upon a proposal by the chief of the general headquarters of the armed forces and in view of your valuable record... in sensitive military and disciplinary forces, you are appointed as deputy chief of the general headquartes of the armed forces," the leader's decree read in part. The leader noted that Martyr Sayyad Shirazi who fell victim to the dirty hands of the outlawed Iranian opposition group, known as Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) was the pioneer of this post, was a founder of this office. he also urged Lotfian to enhance the status of the armed forces through his insight and by drawing up all-out plans. Lotfian was the former commander of the law enforcement forces who was replaced on Wednesday by pilot General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. Meanwhile, Brigadier-General Akbar Dianat-Far, former holder of the post given to Lotfian was appointed deputy head of the recruitment affairs of the general headquarters of the armed forces.
:irna 29/06/2000 15:40

Leader appoints new LEF commander (28.6.2000)

Tehran, June 28, IRNA -- The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message Tuesday evening appointed Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as the new Commander of the Law Enforcement Forces. The Leader in his message referred to the revolutionary background of Qalibaf, and asked government agencies including the Ministry of the Interior, as well as the Judiciary and the Sixth Majlis to cooperate with the new LEF commander. Ayatollah Khamenei also appreciated the efforts of Brigadier General Hedayat Lotfian, the former LEF Commander. AA/KS END ::irna 28/06/2000 10:41

Leader: Every individual has equally Constitutional Rights (27.6.2000)

Tehran, June 27, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday every individual has equal rights in Islam and the Constitutional Rights of the Leader, President and other officials are equal with those of ordinary individuals. In a meeting with the chief and officials of the Judiciary on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, the then head of the supreme court along with 72 top officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a terrorist bomb blast in 1981, the Leader paid tribute to Martyr Beheshti and recalled him as the personality who laid the foundation of modern Judiciary following the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran. Referring to the conspiracy of the terrorist operation against the then top officials, the Leader said the conspiracy did not produce any result thanks to the faith and intimacy of the people with the Islamic Republic. The bloods of martyr Ayatollah Beheshti and 72 top officials of the Islamic Republic served to strengthen the Islamic Republic and isolated the enemy of the Iranian nation, the supreme Leader said.

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The Leader said the judiciary has special status in state affairs, because a healthy judiciary gradually brings to an end defects in the administration of the state. The Judiciary is expected to stand against power mongers and stop the wealthy people from violating the rights of the public and strongly protect the rights of the people given the authority it enjoys in supervising the affairs and preventing crime. The Leader said expectations of the Leadership of the Islamic Republic from the judiciary is different from that of the political groups adding that several political groups launch propaganda campaign against the judiciary to undermine the judiciary's authority and force the judiciary to yield to them. "What the Leadership expects from the judiciary is to portray Islamic justice favorably and to follow the lead of Imam Ali (AS), the first Imam of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) infallible household in administering justice," the supreme Leader said. Elsewhere in his address, the Leader said the Islamic Penal Code is very efficient and there is no need for the judiciary to follow the model of other countries in administering justice. The Leader advised Judicial officials to work to win God's satisfaction, because true justice will bring God's satisfaction. Prior to the Leader's speech, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi spoke in memory of the martyrs of the terrorist bomb blast on the Islamic Republic Party headquarters in 1981 and delivered a report on the conference of judicial officials which studied the function of the judiciary in strengthening justice and security.
:irna 27/06/2000 17:01

Advisor to Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces named (25.6.2000)

Tehran, June 25, IRNA -- the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday appointed Brigadier General Naser Arasteh as the military advisor to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. "Given your competency, commitment, virtues and the invluable experiences you have acquired during the 1980-88 Iraqi Imposed war and during your term in office as the Army's Deputy Commander, and in response to a proposal made by the head of the group of military advisors, I appoint you as military advisor to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces in charge of ground affairs," the Leader said in his decree.
:irna 25/06/2000 15:07

On the occasion of the birth anniversaries of the Prophet   (21.6.2000)

Tehran - June 21 - IRIBNA - On the occasion of the birth anniversaries of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the 6th Imam Ja'far Sadeq (AS), President Khatami. Heads of three branches of government and a large number of forign and domestic dignitaries paid a visit to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday. The Supreme Leader congratulated the Muslims on the happy occasion of the birth anniversaries and said there would come a day when the people of the worid would realize the truth of the Islamic message. He lamented the division in the Muslim worid and said the Prophet could act äs a unifying factor for Muslims. He added, that is why there had been a caiculated media and cultural onslaught against the Prophet's character in the recent years. The Supreme Leader called on Muslim scholars and intellectuals to work on introducing the dimensions of the Prophet's character to Muslims and Non-Muslims.He referred to the creation of new grounds for an Islamic revival, especially the establishment of an Islamic government, and added where ever Muslims faced Islam's realities and their Islamic duties with sincerity, God's victory would surely be with them.

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He said Hizbullah's victory over the Zionist Regime was due to their knowledge of Islam and fulfilment of their Islamic duties and added the solution to the Palestine problem was continuing on the same path. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to how the former Soviel Republics rediscovered their identity after decades of Soviel ruie, despite the 'Illusion of Soviel invincibility and said the Palestine problem would never be forgotton and the Palestinian lands, just like south Lebanon, would one day return to the Islamic Ummah.
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Leader: Majlis symbol of country's dignity (18.6.2000)

Tehran, June 18, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the sixth Majlis should put into practice every article of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic to alleviate the sufferings of the people. In a meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs), the Supreme Leader said the Majlis is expected to respect the dignity of human being and give priority to easing the economic hardships and work to remove poverty which is the cause of discrimination and inferiority complex. The Leader felicitated the MPs on their election and said the people have pinned their hopes on the Majlis, calling on the MPs to endeavor to carry out their heavy responsibility regardless of material considerations. The Supreme Leader said Majlis is a symbol of the dignity of the Islamic Republic, a place for making legislation and is of popular nature contrary to the parliament under the deposed Shah. The Leader said in addition to the weaknesses and backwardness in the past, the enmity of the arrogant powers with the Islamic Republic of Iran has caused numerous difficulties, and therefore, the MPs are expected to observe piety, sincerity and their cooperative sense in dealing with the difficulties and do their best to solve the problems. The Leader recommended that implementing the Constitution of the Islamic Republic can alleviate the sufferings of the country and called on Majlis to provide the executive branch of the government and the judiciary with legal authority to fully enforce the Constitution of the Islamic Republic and remove the shortcomings in its implementation. The Leader also advised the MPs to supervise the performance of executive officials and provide the government with the legal authority it needs to carry out specific plans essential to the public. Ayatollah Khamenei said Islam has called for safeguarding the dignity of human being and the father of a family would feel inferior when he could not afford to provide his family members with their basic needs while a number of people are accumulating wealth illegally and leading a luxury life. The Leader said poverty, unemployment and economic difficulties are the tools used by the enemy in its campaign against the Islamic Republic and the sixth Majlis should pay attention to the economic difficulties of people, fight corruption, misuse of the public fund, and discrimination and remove administrative and judicial shortcomings. Prior to the Leader's remarks, Majlis Speaker Hojatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi extended felicitation to the Leader on birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and thanked the Leader for his guidelines to the MPs. Karroubi said the sixth Majlis will work to fully implement the Constitution of the Islamic Republic and that the constitutional rights should be honored in line with financial support for people by providing them with employment opportunities.
:irna 18/06/2000 18:47

Leader: Iran always seeks peace, but a just one (18.6.2000)

Tehran, June 18, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in Tehran on Sunday the rights of the Palestinian nation cannot be denied. In a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Supreme Leader underlined the delicacy of situation in the Middle East and said the solutions offered for the Middle East issue until now have not respected the rights of the Palestinian nation. The Leader said, ''Living in hope of justice is a great asset of humanity so that the human community should not be driven to a direction in which the hope of justice diminishes.'' Ayatollah Khamenei said, ''We always seek peace, but a just peace.''

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The Leader referred to the Zionist regime's insistence on its oppressive practices in the Middle East fully backed by the U.S., and said the Islamic Republic of Iran has clearly stood against Zionist practices and believes that the rights of the Palestinian nation cannot be ignored, nor can the rights of several million Palestinian refugees be overlooked. The Leader said if a real solution is available for the Middle East issue, it should take into account the rights of the Palestinian nation. Ayatollah Khamenei said the United Nations is capable of undertaking effective part in the settlement of the Middle East dilemma, but said in the meantime, ''We are not satisfied with the stance of the United Nations and the UN Security Council in helping resolve international issues because the world body does not follow a single standard in dealing with international issues.'' The Leader pointed to the withdrawal of the Zionist regime from southern Lebanon and said the United Nations and the person of the Secretary-General have had effective role in implementing the UN Security Council Resolution, but noted in the meantime that the Lebanon-Israel dispute has not come to an end, because the Zionist regime has not yet withdrawn from the entire Lebanese territory. The Supreme Leader said the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Lebanese people vindicating their rights adding that the dispute between Lebanon and the Zionist regime should be resolved in a way that all the Lebanese territory be handed over to Lebanon. The Leader lauded the services of Hezbollah of Lebanon and said Hezbollah managed to contain the Zionist Regime's war-mongering attitude while evacuating troops from southern Lebanon. The UN Secretary-General presented a report to the Supreme Leader on the withdrawal of the Zionist regime from south Lebanon and the UN activities on border demarcation and called for Iran's assistance in helping resolve the Middle East dilemma. Annan expressed pleasure with the tranquility in south Lebanon and said Hezbollah has an important role in securing peace in southern Lebanon. ''I hope the United Nations Resolutions on the Middle East will be implemented with assistance of regional states,'' Annan said. SS/AH/RR End ::irna 18/06/2000 17:09

Leader tells Wahid: US interference in other states has been their main affliction (15.6.2000)

Tehran, June 15, IRNA - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed-Ali Khamenei, told visiting Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid here Thursday that Washington's interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states has been their main affliction. He said for about 150 years the common enemies of the Muslim world had consistently tried to divide Muslim nations and pit them against each other, and observed that the Islamic Revolution in Iran had returned the station, the status and the true cultural and religious identity of Muslims to them. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that Indonesia is a leading Muslim state in many respects, and recommended that Iran and that country explore all avenues for closer relations in all areas. The visiting President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid appreciated the opportunity of his meeting with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, and commented that the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, had returned Muslim nations their pride, their dignity and their self-esteem. He said as the President of his country, he too, would support the idea of broader relations between Iran and his country.
:irna 15/06/2000 23:03

Leader stresses prevention of unbridled expansion of cities (14.6.2000)

Tehran, June 14, IRNA -- Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a meeting with officials of Ministry of Housing, here Wednesday stressed the urgent need to draw up macro housing policies and contain the unbridled expansion of large cities. Referring to the growth of population and the subsequent housing problems, specially for the youth, the Leader added housing and other economic woes have manifested themselves as serious psychological, ethical and social issues which should be tackled through comprehensive planning. Ayatollah Khamenei further underlined the need to fulfill the promises given regarding the supply of affordable housing to the public, adding, ''One way for the public and especially the lower income strata to be able to get access to housing is to support and strengthen the Housing Foundation.''

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The Leader also underscored the importance of building townships. He added that the townships, in addition to mosques, should also incorporate security, recreational centers and educational facilities. The Leader referred to the the need to build houses resistant to natural disasters, using international standards. He added the buildings should be reflective of people's needs and appropriate to their cultural and spiritual values. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei said besides skills and experience, spiritual criteria are necessary to ensure success in handling the affairs in various sectors. However, values such as honesty, overlooking personal gains and preferring the public interests instead can expedite state of affairs. Political and factional considerations at the managerial level and in governmental bodies are issues that delay achieving goals and prolong the problems, the Leader noted. Prior to the Leader's remarks, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Abdolalizadeh presented a report on the ministry's activities and its future plans.
:irna 14/06/2000 18:39

Leader condoles with Syrian nation on President Assad's demise (11.6.2000)

Tehran, June 11, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a message to Bashar al-Assad, expressed his condolences over the death of his father, President Hafez al-Assad. President Assad died of a heart attack on Saturday at the age of 69. In his message, the Leader praised President Assad as one of the prominent resistant figures of the Arab and Islamic world who rendered great services to the Syrian nation and the Arab world during his fruitful life. No doubt, the message further stressed, President Assad was a pivot of resistance among frontline states and an important factor in saving the line of resistance against defeats viz-a-viz the Zionists and their allies. Underlining President Assad's role in further consolidating the Arab and Muslim world, the message said the role he played in the recent victory of the Islamic resistance in south Lebanon is undeniable. Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran the Syrian government and nation, under the leadership of President Assad, have provided constant support notwithstanding regional and international ups and downs, the Leader further said in his message. President Assad had rightfully recognized that the establishment of an Islamic government in Iran had tilted the balance of power in favor of the revolutionary forces of the Muslim world, the Leader added. The Leader was confident the noble Syrian nation would continue in the path the late president tread in his three decades of successful struggle to preserve national unity, independence and steadfastness against the Zionists and their allies. "The government and nation of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to stand by the side of the Syrian government and nation and grieves with them and his bereaved family on his sad departure," the message concluded.
:irna 11/06/2000 11:08

ECO Presidents Meet Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution (10.6.2000)

Tehran, June 10, IRAN -- Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had seperate meetings on Saturday with Presidents of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Afghanistan who are in Tehran to attend the ECO summit. In his meeting with Turkmen President Safar Murat Niazove, the Leader referred to the commentaliteis and good neighborly relations between the two countries and stressed the existing possibility to further boost the Iran-Turkmenistan bilateral ties.

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The Leader pointed out that the two states could cooperate in the sectors of oil and gas while stressing that they should not allow foreign attempts spoil their cooperation. In the meeting, Niazov expressed satisfaction with the good relations between Iran and Turkmenistan and said talks had been held on exploitation of oil and gas projects and agreements are expected to be finalized shortly in this regard.

In his meet with the Afghan President Burhanoddin Rabbani, the Leader expressed regrets over the continuation of the sufferings of the Afghan people and called for stronger unity among the Alliance groups saying that these groups should sincerely try to remove differences and find a solution to alleviate the sufferings of the war-torn nation and put an end to the war and bloodsheds.

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Rabbani commented on the latest development in Afghanistan in particular this year's severe drought in the country. He further thanked Iran for its humanitarian aid to the war-shattered Afghanistan.

In another meeting with Kyrgyz President Asgar Aqaiev, Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the common bonds and good ties between Iran and Kyrgyzstan and said ECO summit clearly indicated the friendly relationship between the two states.

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Emphasizing the security in the region, the Leader said the regional states should try to neutralize attempts by some hostile foreign powers to destabilaze the region. Expressing satisfaction with the growing ties between Iran and Kyrgyzstan, the Kyrgyz President said Iran is one of the ECO founders which play a key role in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

The Leader in a meeting with Heidar Aliyev, the Azeri President, stressed improving the ties between Iran and Azerbaijan and said the two neighbors should not pay heed to the hostile actions by enemies. The Leader underlined the need to determine the legal regime of the Caspian Sea saying the Caspian Sea littoral states should cooperate with each other to determine the sea's legal regime to exploit its resources as soon as possible.

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Aliyev called for the expansion of Iran-Azarbaijan ties and said the two states have recently more effectively attempted to upgrade the level of their cooperation and the Iran-Azerbaijan joint economic commission would facilitate the realization of this aim.

The Supreme Leader also in a seperate meeting with General Pervez Musharaf, Pakistani chief executive, said close cooperation between Iran and Pakistan which are two key elements of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) which would help settle the crisis in Afghanistan.

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The unstability in Afghanistan is to the detriment of all the regional nations and thus the regional states should help solve the afghan crisis without intending to interfere in the internal affairs of the war-hit country, he added. The Leader expressed the hope the problems facing Iranians in Pakistan be settled soon. Stressing the need to boost Tehran-Islamabad ties, Musharaf said his country would use evey possible means to settle the crisis in Afghanistan noting that the only solution to the Afghan problem is halting the civil war and sitting round the negotiations table. He concluded by saying the agents behind the murders of the Iranians in Pakistan would be punished severely.
:irna 10/06/2000 23:00

Leader: Palestine belongs to all Palestinians (8.6.2000)

Tehran, June 8, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a message cabled to Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Ramedhan Abdullah said that Palestine belongs to the Palestinian nation and dominant usurpers would sooner or later submit to this fact. Ayatollah Khamenei said today Muslim and combatant Palestinian youth shoulder a big historical duty and they should pin their hopes on God's help and present a future to their people and country given all the hope, faith and struggle they are enduring. The leader, congratulated Abdullah on recent victory of Lebanese nation and said, ''the victory in fact belongs to all those, who were steadfast in the struggle against usurper Zionists and were not influenced by temptations for compromise or submission to the hostile and greedy enemy. The victory belongs to all those, who appreciated the power of people's will and faith and do not take any arrogant and hegemonic powers as invincible, said the leader. The Supreme Leader said the victory is what has been claimed by Palestinian strugglers, who with bare hand and through the strength of the brave and innocent youth, prevented occupation and domination of Zionists over Palestine. ``This victory is fair and proper and as long as justice matches determination and faith, it would be victorious,'' said the leader. He went on to say, ``The usurping and tyrant Zionists should know that the young and faithful Palestinian and Lebanese generations are invincible. The faithful and brave struggle of Palestinian nation can not be halted by political equations or military and security force or publicity stunts as one cannot defeat the great Iranian nation's power of resistance and perseverance through ageing methods of over the past two decades, which used to be applied repeatedly by Zionists and their supporters, and proved ineffective.''
:irna 08/06/2000 18:34

Leader underlines power of faith, will in giant historical events Imam's Mausoleum (3.6.2000)

Imam's Mausoleum, Tehran, June 3, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here on Saturday hailed faith, will, collective efforts, unity and devotion of human beings as the most important and influential factors in giant historical developments. Ayatollah Khamenei, addressing a large group of people attending the mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini to mark his 11th departure anniversary, said the great Iranian nation would rely on power of faith as in the past and follow the new path set by the late Imam for human beings. He lashed out at insinuations of the global arrogance that money, force and propaganda had been influential in historical developments and said many nations, impressed by these allusions and by ignoring the real factors affecting political and social developments, have submitted to arrogant powers. But Iranian nation annulled such propaganda thanks to the Islamic revolution and defeat of the former monarchical regime and its main supporter the U.S., said the Supreme Leader, adding that now too Iranian nation deeply believes in the divine fact of the "great effects of human factors on socio-political developments". The leader said Iranian people had at the beginning of the 20th century, proved their vigilance and role in the constitution movement but the U.K. and affiliated policy makers diverted the movement and halted Muslim people's justice seeking movement for about 60 years by installing Pahlavi regime, pretending that no factor would have the power to defeat the monarchical regime and its supporters. the supreme leader said the big and unforgettable lesson given by the late Imam Khomeini at those times was proving the falsehood of the claim, adding that he taught the humanity that based on a quranic fact, no force would have power of resisting faith, will, unity, perseverance of people led by a wise leadership.

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Ayatollah Khamenei said the humiliating defeat of the Zionist regime in southern Lebanon despite its firm decision to remain in the region is a proof of that fact. The Supreme Leader said while political analysts considered retreat of Israel from the region very unlikely, the Zionist occupiers had to accept the defeat in the face of a force that relied on faith and will and against perseverance of Lebanese Islamic resistance and nation. Such a giant Quranic experience would happen in the Palestine too if Palestinian people rely on the power of faith and perseverance and distance themselves from cheap compromising individuals and if the spirit of struggle and jihad persists, he stressed. ``Palestine will be turned back to its main owners, including Muslims, Christians and Jews, despite prediction of contemporary political interpreters, who consider such an event as something unlikely,'' said the Supreme Leader. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader warned against the big danger of enemies' efforts to discourage people and called on people to be vigilant against the threat. The leader called on those whose words and deeds as well as actions affect people to strengthen their faith, rely on God Almighty, not to be optimistic towards the enemy and abide by their heavy duties. BG/HM End ::irna 03/06/2000 16:02

Leader of Revolution Pays Tribute to Abutorabi (1.6.2000)

Tehran, June 1, IRNA- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a letter here Thursday expressed condolence on the death of the war veteran and ex-POW Hojatoleslam Ali-Akbar Abutorabi and his father Ayatollah Abbas Abutorabi. His letter was addressed to their bereaved family. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the glorious past of Hojatoleslam Abutorabi and paid tribute to him for his acts of self-sacrifice during the Iran-Iraq war years that led to his captivity. In related news, several other Iranian political dignitaries in separate letters and statements paid tribute to Abutorabi and his father.
They included the Iranian Minister of Interior Abdullah Mousavi Lari, the interim governing board of the Iranian majlis (Parliament), he Islamic Tablighat (Propagation) Organization, and also the Chairman of Iran's National Expediency Council Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Hojatoleslam Abutorabi who was a volunteer fighter during the Iraqi invasion of Iran was captured by the Iraqi troops and spent 10 years as a pow in pows camps in Iraq where he was routinely tortured in various forms. After his release in the wake of Iran-Iraq cease-fire, Abutorabi undertook several administrative posts including the Chairmanship of POWs' affairs, and membership in the forth and fifth terms of the Iranian majlis (Parliament).
The funeral ceremony of Abutorabi and his father is to be held here tomorrow.
:irna 01/06/2000 22:25  

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