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Iran's ex-prime minister
slams Ghotbzadeh jailing
United Press International
Iran’s former prime minister denounced the jailing of
powerful ex-Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh as a
strike against free speech. Ghotbzadeh advocates the re
lease of the 52 American hostages, but official silence
reigned on the issue of the captives.
The Washington Post, citing unidentified informed
sources, reported Sunday the Carter administration was
preparing to respond to Iran’s four demands for release of
the hostages with proposals that will meet the spirit if not
the letter of Tehran’s position.
But a State Department spokesman, asked about the
report, said there was no indication when a U.S. reply
would be sent on the Iranian conditions: a move to return
the wealth of the late shah, freeing Iranian assets frozen in
the United States, a pledge of non-interference in Iran’s
affairs, and dropping of financial claims against Tehran.
The Post said a proposal on the U.S. response was
under study by senior officials, but had not been given to
President Carter for final approval. The paper said offi
cials hoped Carter would approve the response early in
the week for transmission to Iran.
In Tehran, there were no new developments to indi
cate the release of the captives, held for 372 days.
In a stunning development Friday, Ghotbzadeh, who
warned that radical policies in Iran were making the
release more difficult, was imprisoned after allegedly cri
ticizing both officials of the state radio and television and
the militants holding the hostages.
Former media chief Maolegh Eslami, who also partici
pated in the interview with Swedish television, was
ordered to surrender. He was being sought.
The once-powerful Ghotbzadeh was seized by revolu
tionary guards and hauled off to Tehran’s notorious Evin
prison used by the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s
Sunday, the newspaper Mizan run by Mehdi Bazargan,
Iran’s prime minister early in the revolution that swept
the shah from power, called the arrests of Ghotbzadeh
“treating a toothache with a punch and a hammer. ”
“If Ghotbzadeh and Eslami are arrestable, then so
should two-thirds of the Iranian people under the same
charges,’’ the newspaper said.
The case of Ghotbzadeh, who was accused of making
“provocative” remarks that sowed dissension and dam
aged Iran’s war effort, was discussed during Sunday’s
session of Iran’s parliament. Pars News Agency reported.
Two members of the Majlis, or parliament, said the
appointment of new heads for the radio and television
networks by the public prosecutor, replacing those fired
after Ghotbzadeh’s speech, was interference by the
One legislator also asked why “the former Iranian
ambassador to Scandinavia, Amir Entezam, had been
under arrest for more than one year without his case being
investigated,” Pars said.
In the interview, Ghotbzadeh, a former head of Iranian
television, said the confusion surrounding the release of
the hostages was a result of his country’s prolonged ex
periment with radicalism.
Iran rationing; Iraq mobilizing
Persian Gulf war in eighth week
Lonely at the top
Staff photo by Pat O’Malley
Senior redpot Kyle Gish climbs above the rest to add a few personal
[ouches to the bonfire. Bonfire building continues frantically this week in
efforts to finish on time.
United Press International
The Persian Gulf war entered its eighth
week and the Moslem New Year today
amid signs the fighting is draining both
Iran is announcing extensive rationing
and Iraq is mobilizing everyone over the
age of 65.
On the battlefront, Tehran Radio said
Iranian forces repulsed Iraqi attacks on the
key oil-refining city of Abadan and the port
of Khurramshahr, and Iraqi artillery shel
led residential parts of Susangerd through
bfo officer caught from 'behind’
uring episode of Iran-Iraqi war
Iranian warplanes struck oil and gas in
stallations in Kirkuk in northeastern Iraq,
but an Iranian military communique said
the amount of damage could not be esti
Iran accused Saudi Arabia Sunday of
arresting more than 130 supporters of
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to prevent an
uprising on the first anniversary of the sei
zure of the Grand Mosque at Mecca by
Iran announced rationing of essential
goods and services — most immediately
sugar and electricity — and said it would
hike the price of gasoline to private motor
ists in an effort to raise more money for the
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein called
on all Iraqis aged 65 or older to volunteer
for the armed services and report for duty
within 10 days, Baghdad Radio said. The
radio did not say what role elderly Iraqis
would play in the war effort.
Tehran Radio reported the government’s
appeal to the International Red Cross to
investigate Iranian allegations that its oil
minister, Jawad Baqir Tunguyan, was tor
tured by the Iraqis after his capture near
Abadan Oct. 31.
The radio also quoted an Iranian foreign
ministry statement as saying U.N. Secret
ary-General Kurt Waldheim has appealed
to Iraq to release Tunguyan, who Iraq says
was wounded at the time of his capture.
Hussein used the occasion of the Moslem
New Year Sunday to appeal for Moslem
support for Iraq’s “holy war” against the
descendents of the Persian empire “des
troyed by Islam.’’ While Khomeini,
addressing Pakistani pilgrims, urged Mos
lem nations to rise up against Iraq.
Iran’s official new agency Pars, quoting a
statement by the “Islamic Revolutionary
Organization of the Arabian Peninsula,”
said Saudi authorities launched raids fol
lowing demonstrations against “the aggres
sion of the infidel regime Iraq” and the
deployment of U.S. AW AGs radar planes
in Saudi Arabia.
More than 130 arrrests were made, in
cluding two religious leaders in the Shar-
quieth region in eastern Saudi Arabia, Pars
Sunday was the first anniversary on the
Islamic calendar of the takeover of the
Grand Mosque at Mecca, Islam’s holiest
shrine, last Nov. 20, by armed followers of a
little known Islamic cult. They barricaded
themselves inside with 50,000 pilgrims for
two weeks until Saudi troops stormed the
United Press International
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Iran-Iraq war has produced its share
medy — the Iraqi general who forgot the way back to head-
lers and the Baghdad information officer wounded by a snip-
the buttocks as he told a reporter the danger was over and it
safe to stand up.
hen the Iraqi authorities announced the opening of an exhibi-
of war material captured from the Iranians, most observers
cted to be shown an impressive array of the most sophisti-
, up-to-date American weaponry the Iranians have,
stead, they were shown a motley collection of obs olete
pment, which included several old British cars, a Soviet
World War II flare gun and a .22-caliber air rifle. The most
ipressive exhibit was a British-made Chieftain tank — its gun
But it is shooting in the war that has produced some scenes
ordering on slapstick.
In embattled Khurramshahr, Iran, an Iraqi information minis-
ry officer showing journalists a “safe” area called to a reporter on
J ieground that the danger from sniper bullets was past and it was
? e to get up.
A sniper’s bullet promptly tore the official’s pants and nicked
— in the left buttock.
In another incident, a general lost his way. After tearing down
several wrong streets in a van, the general confessed he had gone
the wrong way somewhere and they would have to go back —
through the area where a sniper was very much in action.
Another reporter, arriving at the the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border, was
told his typewriter would be confiscated because it is illegal to use
a typewriter in Iraq without a license.
He objected and Iraqi customs officials said they would im
pound the machine at the border and the reporter could collect it
when he left the country.
The reporter said he planned to leave via Jordan. Very well,
they said, and informed him they would put a customs seal on the
typewriter so he could not use it. When they could not find one,
the officials asked the reporter to promise not to use his typewriter
while in Iraq.
The reporter duly promised and in he went with the type
The offical English language daily, Baghdad Observer, has
done its bit to keep the humor quotient high —- with its at times
unorthodox use of the English idiom.
The paper recently lauded the “hilarious operation of the Iraqi
Air Force” and listed Iranian losses as “one Phantom jet, one tank,
two armored personnel carriers and one shovel.”
to be ready
Class schedules for the coming spring
semester will we released Tuesday
morning. The schedules can be picked
up at Heaton Hall after 10 a.m. Pre
registration for the spring semester will
be Monday through Friday of next
102 starving Hai tians
to be rescued today
United Press International
NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamian
government, saying it was too tied up ship
ping illegal refugees back to Haiti to do so
earlier, promised to dispatch a vessel today
to rescue an estimated 102 starving Hai
tians marooned more than a month on a
tiny, uninhabited island.
William Kalis of the Bahamas News Ser
vice said Sunday a Bahamian boat would
leave Nassau today to pick up the refugees,
who were stranded on the island of Cayo
Lobos — roughly the size of a football field
— about 20 miles north of Cuba. He said
the rescue tender was expected to reach
the island Tuesday.
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By DEBBIE NELSON
As long as parking places are at a pre
mium, blocked fire lanes at apartment com-
jilexes are the undesirable by-product.
Apartment managers and Off-Campus
Aggies are urging apartment residents to
use common sense when choosing a park
“If you’ve got cars parked where a motor-
lycle could hardly get through, how’s a fire
truck supposed to get through there?”
southwest Village apartment manager San
dra Martin asked.
“I had an irate young man tell me he was
mad about having his car towed. I said,
Look, how would you feel if it was your
ipartment burning?”’ Martin said.
; Off-Campus Aggies is warning students
■out stricter enforcement of fire lane no-
|; “A lot of times at night, people just park
anywhere and that’s the most likely time for
afire to occur and get out of hand,” OCA
President Paula Sorrels said.
College Station requires a 22-foot-wide
curb-to-curb fire lane. If cars park next to
the curb, there must be 22 feet between car
bumpers, deputy fire marshal Ron Garri
t Painting the curb yellow with black let
tering is the responsibility of each apart
I Some fire lane curbs have recently been
repainted. “Since we’ve painted the lanes
and had a couple of them (cars) towed, it’s
gotten better,” Martin said.
College Station itself or the apartment
mager can have cars towed from apart
ment fire lanes. The city has only two or
ee cars towed a month, Garrison said, if
afire hydrant is being blocked or the car has
iseveral tickets on it.
I “The fire marshal has the perfect right to
call me and tell me to clear out the fire
lanes,” Tanglewood South manager Yvon
ne Davis said.
If fire lanes remain blocked, the apart
ment complex can be taken to court, Garri
Otho Byrd, owner of Byrd Wrecking
Service, said the fire lane situation is “ridi
culous,” such as one night when he was
called to clear out a blocked fire lane at
“I’d pull one (car) in and somebody else
would park there by the time I got back. I’d
pull three or four in one night from one
Byrd charges $45 to tow an illegally
parked car. But he said he gives the offen
ders some warning.
“When I go out there, I turn my red
lights on, circle through there two or three
times, and they just scatter like ants, mov
ing them (illegally parked cars) out of there.
But the one parked in the worst place never
moves, so it gets towed.”
Visitors, not residents, are the cause of
parking offenses, Metro Properties mana
ger Sherrie Thompson said.
At the eight Metro Properties-managed
apartment complexes, Thompson said, “A
lot of people have two or three friends come
over and they park in the spaces so the
residents park in the lanes.
“We have more than enough spaces for
Asked if College Station patrols fire lanes
24 hours a day, Garrison said, “It’s getting
to that point.”
Fire lanes are patrolled by the College
Station fire department from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Garrison said. Police patrol during
the other hours.
As for the fire hazard, Garrison said, “It
increases every year when the students
Staff photo by Jeff Kerber
Parking in an apartment fire lane can mean double getting out of hand. Even if there is no fire, fire lane
trouble. A parked car blocking a firetruck trying to get parking can be a costly venture, when a car is caught
close to a fire can be responsible for a fire needlessly illegally parked and towed away, or even just ticketed.
Members of the marooned party, which
includes several pregnant women, told the
U.S. Coast Guard two men and three
women have died on the island.
A Coast Guard plane sighted the re
fugees on the uninhabited island Oct. 9.
The Coast Guard parachuted food and wa
ter to the Haitians on Oct. 9, 10, 31, and
Kalis said the Bahamian government
sought aid for the refugees from the Haitian
government three times prior to Oct. 16,
when the Port-auPrince government final
United Press International
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — President
elect Ronald Reagan today begins a five-
day hiatus in California at his 688-acre
ranch, determined to stay out of the public
eye while aides work on his transition into
Reagan, dressed in a blue denim shirt
and sporting Italian-made cowboy boots,
left Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, Sun
day night aboard a Marine helicopter.
The 69-year-old president-elect will
spend much of the week relaxing at his
Rancho de Cielo located in the mountains
near Santa Barbara. But the stay won’t be
all recreation, as Reagan pointed out to
reporters on Sunday.
“The top priority right now is the transi
tion — to set up our administration and be
able to hit the ground running,” Reagan
said as he left the BelAir Presbyterian
The Reagans were greeted by hundreds
of well-wishers at the church, including the
Rev. Donn Moomaw, the pastor, who
prayed for the next president and said, “We
thank God for you.”
Reagan also told reporters he was not
surprised by the degree of cooperation
pledged so far by congressional Democrats,
saying he believes “there’s a great desire on
the part of many people in and out of gov
ernment to help correct the things that are
“I’m most grateful for all the help that has
Reagan does not plan to meet with any
notables during his stay at the ranch.
His chief of staff, Edwin Meese, told
NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday there are
no plans to meet with any foreign leaders
until after Reagan is inaugurated.