Four hanged in public, one in prison
Four prisoners were hanged in public in the southern Iranian city of Borazjan; the judiciary officials in the province said “the four were hanged as a warning to the wicked individuals in Borazjan. Iranian regime also hanged another prisoner in the central prison of Sanandaj, capital of Iran’s Kurdistan. His name was Ahmad Khalaj and was seriously injured and ill at the time of execution. According to another news, Iran’s supreme court verified death sentences for three other prisoners. Their names are Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haidarian, and Farhad Vakili.
University students in Tehran staged demonstration to commemorate 8July, 1999 Uprising
Despite suppressive measures and undeclared martial law by the Iranian regime, the students of Tehran University and Khajeh Nassir University of Tehran, held demonstrations and gathering protest on the occasion of the heroic Uprising of July 8, 1999, and chanted anti-regime slogans.On Tuesday, while disciplinary forces and “plain clothes” agents had surrounded Tehran University and attacked gatherings of more than 3 people, a great number of students gathered and chanted anti-government slogans. The suppressive agents confiscated mobile phones in order to prevent propagation of this protesting move. Latest news indicated that the situation in front of Tehran University was volatile and chaotic. Some students also gathered in Laleh Park of Tehran to commemorate July 8 uprising.Besides the unprecedented security measures, the clerical regime has extensively arrested students activists within last few days; most of the specialist council members and some striking students of the recent hunger strike at teachers’ educating school at Pardis, Karaj have been arrested.
US moves against Iranian officials, companies
Associated Press reported on July 8 that the Bush administration moved Tuesday to impose financial sanctions on Iranian officials and companies accused of helping the country develop nuclear weapons.The action by the departments of State and Treasury marks the latest effort to tighten the financial noose on Iran, which the United States accuses of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, a senior scientist at Iran’s Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, was among those targeted Tuesday. 'Iran’s nuclear and missile firms hide behind an array of agents that transact business on their behalf,' said Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Others targeted were: Yahya Rahim Safavi, a commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.; Dawood Agha-Jani, who is involved in Iran’s nuclear program; Mohsen Hojati, involved in the country’s ballistic missile program; Mehrdada Akhlaghi Ketabachi, the head of the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group; and Naser Maleki, head of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group and an official in the Iranian defense ministry.
The action means that any bank accounts or financial assets found in the United States that belong to these people are frozen. Americans also are prohibited from doing business with them.Despite three sets of U.N. sanctions, Iran has not only continued enriching uranium, but says it has expanded its program. Tehran’s rising influence in the Mideast has emboldened it to reject a recent offer of economic incentives in exchange for giving up its enrichment program. At the summit of world leaders in Japan, on Tuesday the leaders’ statement expressed 'serious concern' about Iran’s failure to meet world demands to stop enriching uranium. But it stressed the need to 'resolve the issue innovatively through negotiation.'The departments’ action Tuesday also covers the TAMAS Co. for its alleged involvement in enrichment-related activities and Shahid Sattari Industries. The United States also imposed sanctions on three other entities believed to be owned or controlled by Iran’s Defence Industries Organization, which was put on the U.S. blacklist last year. Those entities are Seventh of Tir, Ammunition and Metallurgy Industries Group and Parchin Chemical Industries.