Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  12 15 March 2010
Iran Update
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Tehran prosecutor announces 6 death sentences for Ashura protesters 
ISDCI
15 March 2010
 

The state-run Fars News Agency reported on 15 March that the Tehran Prosecutor's Office has announced the death sentence for six Ashura day protesters. "The sentences for these six persons is in the appeals court presently and after a decision their fate will be decided," said Tehran's prosecutor.

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'My son told me never to beg the officials' 
Rooz Online
Fereshte Ghazi
14 March 2010
 

After more than two months since the Ashura uprising on December 27, 2009, the names and identity of some of those killed on this day remains unknown. Many of the families of those killed are under pressure not to speak out on how their loved ones have been killed.
However, Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of Mostafa Karim Beigi continues to insist that those who ordered and those who committed the murder of her sons and other Ashura Day`s victims to be identified and tried.
26 year old Mostafa lost his life on Ashura with a bullet to his forehead, as his body was pushed off the College bridge in Tehran.
What follows is the interview conducted by Rooz website with Mostaf`s mother. After 14 days without any news on his fate, the body of her son was returned to her and was buried under tight security measures.

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Finland moots EU sanctions on Iran 
AFP
13 March 2010
 

SAARISELKA, Finland - The European Union will unilaterally impose new sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear programme if there is no consensus at the UN, Finland's foreign minister said on Saturday.
"I think we'll be able to convince China and Russia and I'm confident that we'll get something at the UN Security Council," Alexander Stubb said on the sidelines of a meeting of his peers in Finland.
"Failing (this) there would mean unilateral EU sanctions, we would do it unilaterally within the European Union," he said, adding: "There is consensus enough."

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Maryam Rajavi in Finland to press for new policy on Iran 
Maryam Rajavi's Website
12 March 2010
 
In a four-day trip to Finland, Maryam Rajavi met Finnish parliamentarians, ministers and political leaders. A delegation of parliamentarians and political dignitaries as well as hundreds of Iranians welcomed Mrs. Rajavi at the airport.
During her stay in the Finnish capital, Mrs. Rajavi met the Minister of Justice, chairmen of the committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Constitution, Law, and Employment and Equality. Mrs. Rajavi also met the leaders of the Greens, the Left Coalition and the Socialist Groups.

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Iran says busts PMOI backed cyber network group 
AFP
Farhad Pouladi
13 March 2010
 

[State-run] Fars [News Agency] said that according to the prosecutor's office the "busted cyber network group was funded by the United States and comprised of members from the exiled People's Mujahedeen and monarchists."
The prosecution said the main members who were in Iran have been arrested inside the country, while "the Interpol has been informed to take action against some who live in the United States."
"The funds given to the cyber network group were allocated by the administration of (former president) George W. Bush to launch a cyber war against Iran," Fars quoted the statement as saying.
"The cyber network group allowed Iranians to access the Internet by bypassing state filtering systems."
It said the group "waged psychological war against the Islamic Republic of Iran, organised and encouraged people to take part in illegal gatherings, collected information on nuclear scientists and gave information to spy agencies."
The People's Mujahedeen has in the past reportedly passed on information on Iran's nuclear programme which the West suspects is aimed at making atomic weapons, a charge denied by Tehran.

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U.S. conflict avoidance emboldens Tehran 
The Washington Times
Editorial
12 March 2010
 

The spring newsletter from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government reports on a simulation game played in late November 2009. The game's purpose was to "illuminate the possible evolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis over the next year," and the players were high-ranking current and former government officials and scholars. The result: Iran won.
Gary Sick, the Iran team leader and former Carter-era National Security Council member, was surprised. "We started out thinking we were playing a weak hand, but by the end, everyone was negotiating for us," he told The Washington Post. But results like this should surprise no one. The strategic premises of the exercise were: Iran wants to continue its nuclear program; Israel wants to stop Iran's nuclear program; and the United States wants to avoid conflict. These assumptions closely mirror reality and point to why the United States is increasingly unable to influence events. Conflict avoidance is not a strategy; it is institutionalized weakness.

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In This Issue
Tehran prosecutor announces 6 death sentences for Ashura protesters
'My son told me never to beg the officials'
Finland moots EU sanctions on Iran
Maryam Rajavi in Finland to seek support for Iran resistance
Iran says busts PMOI backed cyber network group
U.S. conflict avoidance emboldens Tehran
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