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Heard This Week - 01/10/2008

Heard This Week in Iran
on Radio Farda

Extreme Judicial Punishments Exposed on Radio Farda

January 9 -- During an interview with Radio Farda, lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah [text in Persian] condemned as "inhumane" the decision of a court in southern Iran to sentence two men to "execution by throwing down from a height". On January 8, Paris-based human rights defender Abdolkarim Lahidji told Radio Farda [audio in Persian / text in English] that the amputation of the right hands and left feet of five men sentenced by a court in Sistan va Baluchestan province is "torture".

Radio Farda Analyses Persian Gulf Encounter...

January 8 -- Radio Farda talked to two experts [audio in Persian] about the recent confrontation between U.S. warships and Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf near the strategic Straits of Hormuz.

...Airs Report on Kurdish Detainee's Deteriorating Health...

January 3 -- During an interview with Radio Farda [text in Persian], the wife of jailed Iranian Kurdish activist Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand expressed concern about her husband's health.

...Broadcasts Refusal to Release Acquitted Student Activists

January 5 -- The lawyer representing three jailed Amir Kabir University students told Radio Farda [text in Persian] he would take legal action against prison authorities who have refused to release his clients, even though they have been acquitted on all charges and Iran's judiciary has ordered their release. On January 9, Radio Farda interviewed famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani [text in Persian], who read a poem dedicated to the students.

RFE/RL Analysis

Kabul Pleads With Tehran To Delay Refugee Expulsions

January 8 -- RFE/RL talks to Afghan refugees in Iran about mounting pressure from Iranian authorities to force them to leave the country.

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