Iran Security Council Implicates Guards, Militia in Unrest

Published September 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's National Security Council said Wednesday that government troops and Islamic militia played an illegal role in the deadly unrest which marred a pro-reform student meeting last month, the state news agency IRNA reported. 

The NSC report largely cleared the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU) student group of any wrongdoing in the days of violence in the western city of Khoramabad that left one dead and dozens wounded. 

It said the incidents "find their direct cause in the extremist acts of the nation's political currents," and pointed to the illegal actions of the Revolutionary Guards and volunteer Basiji militia against the OCU conference. 

The report said that Iran's "external enemies had no direct role in the incidents" but also pointed a finger of blame at official representatives of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

It said the OCU meeting had been legal and approved, while the various rallies against the pro-reform students in the ensuing days of violence had all been unauthorized and illegal. 

The report also named several people, including two MPs and an official from the office of the supreme leader within the Revolutionary Guards, who it said could face prosecution. 

The OCU had earlier vowed to accept the report of the NSC after rejecting the results of a conservative-led official enquiry, which had placed much of the blame on reformists. 

The incident came just weeks before the opening of the new school year Monday and gave rise to fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that erupted after student demonstrators at Tehran university were attacked by police and Islamic hardliners last July -- TEHRAN (AFP) 

© 2000 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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