Thursday, August 19, 2004

Boroujerdi urges following up release of arrested IRNA reporter

Boroujerdi urges following up release of arrested IRNA reporter

Published: 19.08.2004
IRNA, Tehran, 19 Aug 2004 -- Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi here on Wednesday called for following up the fate of the arrested IRNA reporter in Iraq, Mostafa Darban.

He made the remarks in a meeting with members of a special parliamentary journalists' committee set up to pursue the case of Darban and two of his local colleagues.

"It is among the responsibilities of National Security Commission to strive for the release of Darban and other Iranians detained in Iraq," Boroujerdi said.

At the meeting, the members of journalists' committee briefed Boroujerdi on some of the activities undertaken by the committee in this respect.

The IRNA correspondent in Baghdad, Mostafa Darban, and two of his Iraqi colleagues, Mohammad Khafaji and Mohsen Madani, were arrested by Iraqi police on August 9 and are being held at the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, Fereydoun Jahani, a veteran diplomat with the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was abducted on August 4 by unknown men while he was on his way to Karbala to head Iran's consular mission.

No report has been released on his whereabouts.

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