Date: Sunday, November 17, 2002 8:47 AM
Khomeini Grandson Joins Protest
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder
of the Islamic republic, on Saturday joined about 1,000 students protesting the
death sentence of a university professor on charges of insulting Islam,
state-run media reported.
Aghajari's case has heightened tensions in the power struggle between
reformists, many of them students, who seek more social and political freedoms
and Islamic hard-liners, who control the police and judiciary and the strongest
levers of power in Iran.
Khomeini's grandson, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Khomeini, a midlevel cleric who
usually keeps a low profile and is in charge of his grandfather's shrine outside Tehran, joined students in their demand that the sentence be reversed, IRNA reported. On Friday, Hassan Khomeini visited Aghajari's family to express
his regret over the sentence, the Farsi-language daily Iran reported Saturday.
Aghajari, during a meeting Friday with his family in a prison in the western city of Hamedan, called for restraint from his supporters, his daughter, Sara Aghajari, said. Aghajari said he won't appeal the death sentence. Iran's pro-reform president, Mohammad Khatami, has also criticized the verdict, while the hard-line judiciary said it would defend the conviction, adding that the scholar had "given himself up to Satan by denying the basics of religion." The sentence will be considered final on Dec. 2 unless Aghajari appeals or the judge or prosecutor general reverses it.
Iran and the Bahai
Why Islamists Hate the Baha'i Too To quote Amil Imani, "It is imperative for the free people of the world to defend freedom of conscience, including freedom of religion, irrespective of one's own personal belief. It is for this reason that as a person who is not a Baha'i, I find it my solemn duty to speak up on behalf of a peaceful people, severely-persecuted by the savage Islamists." I agree with Amil 100%.
On Islamists: They Hanged Her for Teaching Love On 18th June 1983 ten women, one of whom was only 17 years old, were executed in Iran for teaching Baha'i children more about their Faith. They were among more than 200 individuals who were killed in Iran for being Baha'is.
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