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IRAN - Aug. 5 - Reformer Arrested.

Hassan Youssefi Eshkevari, a leading pro-reform theologian is arrested on charges of acting against national security and insulting Islamic values. (The theologian took part in a seminar in Berlin in April at which he defended the separation of religion from state and rejected compulsory veiling for women.) He is arrested at his home in Tehran after returning from France. His arrest coincides with the closure of pro-reform publication 'Tavana' - the latest of more than 20 reformist newspapers closed by the conservative judiciary. ('Tavana' was accused of publishing "defamatory articles against officials".)
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Aug 5, 2000
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