Tehran's mayor arrested and imprisoned in Evin

After he was summoned to the court, Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, Tehran's mayor, was arrested and imprisoned at Evin Prison, reports from Iran say.

Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami thus failed in their efforts over the last several months to prevent Karbastchi's arrest. Khatami's efforts today and the several contacts he made with Khamenei, the mullahs' leader, also remained unanswered.

Khatami and Abdollah Nouri, the Interior Minister, declared their explicit support for Karbastchi a few weeks ago.

Karbastchi's imprisonment is a new blow by Khamenei to Khatami and ignites a new round of power struggle within the clerical regime. Seven months after Khatami took office, the unbridled aggravation of feuding among the mullahs has expedited the overthrow of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran in its entirety.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of IranApril 4, 1998

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