Iran Focus: Tehran, May 11 The prayer leader of the central prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, was killed by an unidentified person, according to a state-run daily.
The hard-line Jomhouri Islami reported today that Hojatoleslam Tamjidi was killed by a blow to the head last night.
Reuters: Iran is expected to notify the United Nations by the end of the week that it is resuming sensitive nuclear work, almost certainly killing off Tehran's negotiations with the European Union, a European diplomat said on Wednesday. The collapse of the talks likely would bring the controversy over Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions or other actions.
Reuters: An Iranian man accused of organizing the 1993 murder of an Iranian opposition leader on behalf of Tehran's secret services went on trial in absentia in an Italian court on Wednesday. Amir Mansur Bozorgian, whose whereabouts are unknown, is being represented by a court-appointed lawyer. The prosecution says Bozorgian was behind the shooting of Mohammed Hossein Naqdi, a leading member of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which wants to oust Iran's clerical rulers.
AP: The trial began on Wednesday of an Iranian accused of the 1993 slaying of an Iranian dissident who died in a hail of automatic gunfire as he was being driven along a Rome street.
Lawyers for the victim's family allege that the defendant, Amir Mansur Assl Bozorgian, who is being tried in absentia, was an Iranian killer sent by his country's leadership to murder dissident Mohammed Hussein Naghdi.
Iran Focus: Rome, May 11 - Romes Criminal Court started this morning the trial in absentia of an official of the Iranian government accused of taking part in the killing of the representative of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Italy. Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, who defected to the NCRI when he was the Iranian charge d'affaires in Italy in 1981, was murdered by a gunmen allegedly working for Iran's notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), on March 16, 1993.
Iran Focus: Washington, May 11 A briefing was held in the United States Congress yesterday entitled Iraq's Future: The Iranian Impact on the initiative of the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus in the House of Representatives, co-chaired by Congressman Thomas Tancredo (R-Col) and Congressman Bob Filner (D-Cal). The panel included, Dr. Sa'd Abdullah Al-Jabouri, the former governor of Iraqs Diyala province, which borders Iran and is where the main Iranian opposition Peoples Mojahedin (PMOI) are based.
The Guardian: The Iranian government threatened to provoke a full-blown international crisis yesterday by confirming that it is to resume its suspended nuclear programme. A British Foreign Office spokesman said such a move would automatically halt two years of negotiations between Tehran and the European trio - Britain, France and Germany - and see immediate referral to the United Nations security council.
Washington Times - Op-Ed, By Ali Safavi: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi's defiant proclamation at the United Nations that Iran will press on with its nuclear-enrichment program is yet another ominous sign that ruling mullacracy is hellbent on obtaining the A-bomb. In early April, the Iranian National Council of Resistance revealed Tehran had been digging tunnels close to the Parchin military facility, a suspected nuclear site northeast of the capital, to disguise its nuclear-enrichment activities.
Finanacial Times: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced on Tuesday he would stand in the June 17 Iranian presidential election for the post he previously held between 1989 and 1997. In a written statement, Mr Rafsanjani called the decision "one of the most difficult of all my years of political activity", ...
Human Rights Watch: The Iranian government should immediately release Yusuf Azizi Banitaraf, an Iranian journalist of Arab descent, and allow independent journalists and human rights monitors to report on a government crackdown on protests in the southern province of Khuzistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Plainclothes agents arrested Banitaraf, who has written 20 books on ethnic minorities in Iran, in Tehran on April 25 during a press conference held by the nongovernmental Center for the Defense of Human Rights.
Reuters: France urged Iran on Tuesday not to carry out a threat to resume uranium enrichment-related activities, which the European Union and the United States fear could be a step towards developing nuclear weapons. Fellow EU member Britain said that any resumption would spell an end to European negotiations with Tehran over the long-term future of its nuclear programme.
AFP: Students from one of the Iranian capital's main universities staged a sit-in on Tuesday for the first time in months to protest at human rights violations and the jailing of political activists, witnesses said. The gathering in Amir Kabir university, one of the most active centres of political dissent in the Islamic republic in recent years, totalled some 200 peaceful demonstrators amid tight security and there was no sign of violence.
AFP: The Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands was summoned to the foreign ministry here Tuesday after a Dutch member of parliament of Iranian descent charged that she had been harassed while on a trip to Teheran. "The minister has summoned the Iranian ambassador to the ministry and he will write a letter to his Iranian counterpart to demand information about what happend," Foreign Minister Ben Bot's spokesman Bart Jochems said.
AFP: The international nuclear energy watchdog fears that a resumption by Iran of sensitive nuclear activity is inevitable, diplomats in Vienna said Tuesday. Earlier Tehran said it would decide within days whether to resume some such activities, despite fresh warnings that the move could bring talks with the European Union to an end and result in possible UN sanctions.
Reuters: Iran shrugged off U.S. and EU warnings that it could be hauled before the U.N. Security Council and confirmed on Tuesday it would resume some sensitive nuclear work very soon. "The decision to resume some activities has been taken and now we are discussing the timing for resuming. But this decision is imminent as well," Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told Reuters.
Financial Times: European governments intend to call a crisis meeting of the United Nations nuclear watchdog's governing board next week if Iran carries out its threat to resume sensitive nuclear processes, western diplomats in Vienna said on Tuesday. The meeting at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency would discuss the prospects of a referral of the Iran nuclear dispute to the UN Security Council, where the US would lobby for sanctions.
AFP: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he favors transferring the case of Iran's nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if talks break down between Iran and the EU, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday.