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