Wednesday, November 10, 2004

IranMTofiqi confers with Haddad-Adel

IranMania News: "Tofiqi confers with Haddad-Adel

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Nov 10 (IranMania) - Iranian Minister of science, research and technology Jafar Tofiqi Tuesday in a meeting with parliament speaker, Gholamali Haddad-Adel briefed him on the follow-up in the case related to the unrest in the Science and Technology University last week.

Also present in the meeting were members of the parliament fact-finding team probing the incident, Fars News Agency reported.

Tofiqi told the news agency that the Ministry has taken charge of the case and "our efforts are now focused on identifying and punishing the culprits."

Classes, which had been boycotted, have now resumed, he added. The university's scientific board said Sunday they would not attend classes until the results of a probe into the unrest is announced and measures taken to respect the dignity and sanctity of the university.

The Minister said the offenders (a group of Basij students who took the university chancellor hostage and physically assaulted him) had been identified and the case is under investigation by the disciplinary committee set up at the university.

Meanwhile, the Association of University Graduates of Islamic Iran (Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat) condemned the attack on the chancellor of the university, Dr. Mohammad Taqi Salehi.

In a statement issued Monday, the association charged that a peculiar mentality is taking root inside the country, which is of the opinion that freethinking, and logical approaches are the biggest threat to its dominant and attitude.

That is why, it added, it has kept assaulting universities and attacking academicians in a bid to take revenge.

In related news, the Union of Islamic Associations of Iranian University Students in Europe Monday condemned violation of university sanctity including the recent events in Science and Technology University.

In a statement, the union said assaulting a chancellor who has been elected by the professors is not an insult to one professor or a chancellor alone.

A group of hard-line students opposed to a question-answer session with former Foreign Minister, Ebrahim Yazdi and former deputy interior minister, Mostafa Tajzadeh at the university on November 2 assaulted Salehi and took him hostage for three hours."

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