Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

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Apr. 17: Over 320 journalists signed a letter to President Muhammad Khatami asking for legal protection for journalists. [4/19 WP, FBIS]

Apr. 21: A court sentenced Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar to 18 months' imprisonment for "disseminating lies" and "disturbing the public opinion." Authorities had arrested Kadivar on 27 February. [4/22 NYT, WP, FBIS]

Thirty-one deputies signed a proposal, submitted to the Majlis, calling for the impeachment of Islamic Culture and Guidance Minister Ata'ollah Mohajerani. The reason given for the move to impeach was Mohajerani's lack of supervision over the press. [4/22 NYT, FT, WP, FBIS]

Apr. 27: The electoral supervisory committee disqualified the candidacies of five "reformists" elected on 26 February to the municipal council of Tehran, including former Interior Minister `Abdallah Nuri. [4/28 NYT, FT]

Apr. 28: The interior ministry reported that the election supervision committee had no mandate to disqualify candidates after the 26 February municipal elections, [4/29 NYT, WP]

May 1: Islamic Culture and Guidance Minister Mohajerani survived a vote of no-confidence with a vote of 135 to 121. [5/2 NYT, WP, 5/3 FBIS]

May 2: The ministry of Islamic culture and guidance barred from service for one year a Tehran-based Associated Press reporter for writing "false reports." [5/3 FBIS]

May 4: Gholamreza Ansari, the former charge d'affaires to the United Kingdom, became Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom. [5/7 FBIS]

May 6: Former Mayor of Tehran Gholamhusayn Karbaschi began serving his sentence of two years' imprisonment for graft charges. Former President Ayatollah `Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the Expediency Council, sent Karbaschi a letter, expressing regret over his imprisonment. [5/9 NYT]

May 9: The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that 146 Majlis deputies had signed a letter to Ayatollah `Ali Khamene'i asking for amnesty for former Mayor Karbaschi, who was imprisoned for graft charges. [5110 FBIS, 5/11 NYT]

At Tehran University, students held a demonstration to protest the imprisonment of Ayatollah Kadivar. [5/10 FBIS]

May 11: Ayatollah Khamene'i stated that he would not pardon former Mayor Karbaschi. [5/12 NYT, WPI

May 18: Britain appointed Nick Browne, the charge d'affaires to Iran, as ambassador to Iran. [5/19 NYT, FBIS]

May 23: Tens of thousands of President Khatami's supporters gathered in the Azadi stadium in Tehran to celebrate the second anniversary of his election. [5/24 WP]

May 30: `Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri was re-elected as Majlis speaker. [6/1 FBIS]

June 1: Tehran's city council elected Morteza Alviri as the new mayor to replace imprisoned former Mayor Karbaschi. Alviri had been an advisor to President Khatami. [612 NYT, WP, FBIS]

June 7: The state-run radio reported that, in Fars Province, authorities had arrested 13 Jewish Iranians on charges of spying for Israel and the United States. [6/8 NYT, FBIS]

June 8: Ayatollah Muhammad Yazdi, the head of the judiciary, resigned after ten years in his post. [6/9 NYT, FT]

June 9: US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright called the detentions of the 13 Iranians accused of espionage "unacceptable." [6/10 NYT]

June 16: Husayn Kashani, director of the publication Hoveyat-e Khish, was arrested for publishing articles contrary to the "public order and the public interest." [6/20 NYT]

June 20: IRNA reported that Said Emami, one of the ten intelligence agents suspected in the 1998 deaths of five dissidents, had committed suicide in a Tehran prison. [6/21 NYT, WP]

June 21: Intelligence Minister `All Yunesi announced that authorities had killed one person and arrested several others suspected of the April assassination of `All Said Shirazi, the deputy chief of staff of the armed forces. …

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