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Iran's Chief Prosecutor Says Jailed Writer 'Confessed'

Ramin Jahanbegloo (file photo) (Fars) August 17, 2006 -- Tehran's "Kargozaran" (Executives) pro-reform newspaper today quoted Iran's chief prosecutor as saying jailed writer Ramin Jahanbegloo has confessed to pursuing a peaceful regime change in the country.

Prosecutor-General Qorbanali Dori-Najafabadi reportedly said Jahanbegloo admitted to plotting a "velvet revolution" and apologized for his "mistakes."

Jahanbegloo was detained on April 27 on unspecified security charges. Friends and colleagues have said they fear he could be under pressure to make forced confessions.

Rights groups both inside and outside Iran have called for Jahanbegloo's release.

A Canadian-Iranian philosopher educated in France and the United States, Jahanbegloo has written about and lectured on democracy in Iran.

More recently, he challenged President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust.


Ramin Jahanbegloo

Ramin Jahanbegloo

Ramin Jahanbegloo speaking in Tehran in 2004 (AFP)

THE FOURTH WAVE: In late April, it was announced that the Iranian authorities had arrested noted intellectual RAMIN JAHANBEGLOO. Jahanbegloo is a professor of philosophy in Iran and Canada and is the author of more then 20 books, including "Moje Chaharom" ("The Fourth Wave"). In November 2004, Radio Farda correspondent Fatemeh Aman interviewed Jahanbegloo about the current generation of Iranian intellectuals and its distinctive features.

Radio Farda: It seems that in your book you see a unique status and mission for the fourth generation in the process of progress and democratization in Iran. Why is that and what are the most important characteristics of this generation of intellectuals?

Ramin Jahanbegloo: The fourth generation is distinct from former ones for several reasons. First this is a democratically minded generation that cares about democratic values. This generation has a political approach toward these values and, importantly, it is heavily colored by the active presence of women. The other distinct feature of this generation is its belief in modernity. This modernity is not an imitation one, but rather is based on discourse. If in the past many thought they can become modern by imitating the Western way of life, today's intellectuals know that the real route to modernity is by understanding the modern world in the West and channeling this thought process into social, cultural, and political institutions....(more)


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