LIVE VIDEO: UPDATE: ‘ SIEGE ENDS & GUNMAN IDENTIFIED AS IRANIAN BORN & ON BAIL FOR VIOLENT CRIMES ‘

#AceNewsServices UPDATE: AUSTRALIA:Dec.15 – Sheik Man Haron Monis, an Islamic ‘spiritual healer’ who is facing charges of sexual assault and being an accessory to murder, has been identified as the man who has taken civilians hostage in a Sydney café, according to local media citing police sources.

“There’s no operational reason for that name to be held back by us now,” an anonymous police source told Reuters.

The Iranian-born 50-year-old fled to Australia in 1996, but came to prominence after 2007, when he began sending “hate mail” to families of soldiers, who died while fighting in Iraq.

Despite claiming to be a peace advocate, and even chaining himself to a courthouse, Monis was sentenced to 300 hours of community service last year.

Since then, his charge sheet has included much graver offences.

In December last year, Monis was accused of helping his current partner, Amirah Droudis, to murder his ex-wife, Noleen Hayson Pal. The woman had been stabbed several times and set alight in a Sydney apartment in April 2013.

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Monis had been locked in a custody battle with Pal, and prosecutors say he staged a heart attack, car accident and a robbery to create an alibi on the day of the murder.

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In April this year, Monis, who was on bail, was re-arrested after multiple reports of sexual abuse emerged.

Between 2000 and 2002, Monis styled himself as an “expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic.” More than 40 women have alleged that he used this as an opportunity to sexually assault vulnerable clients, who came to him for help.

Hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Despite police concerns that Monis could attempt to extract revenge against his accusers, the preacher was once again released prior to his hearing.

Monis, who accumulated more than 14,000 followers on his Facebook page before it was shut down on Monday, accused the government of systematic persecution.

Monis was due to face trial for both sets of charges next year.

On Monday he walked into Lindt cafe in central Sydney, reportedly brandishing a gun. More than a dozen hostages were thought to remain inside, before police began a storm as night fell.

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MILAN: PROSECUTOR DEMANDS 30-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR INDIAN SUSPECTS IN MURDER OF IRANIAN WOMAN ‘

#AceNewsServices – MILAN – October 29 – The prosecutor of the Italian city of Milan has demanded a 30-year prison sentence for the Indian suspects in the murder case of an Iranian woman.

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Rajeshwar Singh and Gagandeep Kaur, who shared a Milan apartment with 29-year-old Iranian Mahtab Savoji back when they murdered her in January.

According to reports, the prosecutor asked the court for the jail sentence to be handed down to the Indian couple, Rajeshwar Singh and Gagandeep Kaur, who shared a Milan apartment with 29-year-old Iranian Mahtab Savoji back when they murdered her in January.

The presiding judge has reportedly set the next hearing session for December 11.

Police say the murder was the result of Savoji’s refusal to accept sexual propositions from the couple.

Savoji’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a canal in Venice on January 28.

The two Indians were caught on Venice train station cameras acting suspiciously and were arrested on February 3 by the Italian police as potential suspects in the murder case.

Italian police said the Indian couple initially denied any involvement in the murder of Savoji, but the evidence provided by the security camera footage was later used against them and led to their confessions.

A postmortem examination revealed that Savoji died of asphyxiation. No water was found in her lungs, which indicated to investigators that the Iranian woman must have been killed before she was dumped in the canal.

Savoji had been living in Milan to pursue a two-month course in costume designing at the renowned Italian Academy.

Sources: Press TV – lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it – gazzettadelsud.it 

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TEHRAN: ‘ IRANIAN WOMAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING MAN WHO RAPED HER IS HANGED ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – October 25 – A 26-year old Iranian woman, who was convicted of murdering a man she has accused of raping her when she was a teenager, was hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

' Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist '

‘ Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist ‘

Reyhaneh Jabbari failed to get a reprieve from the victim’s relatives within the 10-day deadline stipulated by Sharia law, which has been in force in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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TEHRAN: ‘ SENIOR IRANIAN CLERIC SAYS PERSIAN GULF MONARCHY ARE SPONSOR’S OF TERRORISTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – A senior Iranian cleric has dismissed as “false” recent allegations by the Saudi foreign minister that Iran meddles in the internal affairs of regional countries, saying the Persian Gulf monarchy is the source of all problems as it sponsors terrorists in the region.

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Addressing worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami expressed surprise over the allegation by Saud al-Faisal, saying the Saudi regime is attempting to shift the blame for fueling tension in the Middle East to Iran. 

He went on to ask, “Doesn’t everybody know that your petrodollars created the ISIL? To whom is it unknown that every act of terror in the Islamic world is carried out with your petrodollars?” 

Addressing the Saudi officials, the cleric added, “If you want to know the truth, it is that you are not part of the problem but the whole problem [in the Middle East].”

“Of course, we totally understand why you are upset,” Khatami said, noting that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government and to achieve its objectives in Iraq but all its plots have failed.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday, Faisal claimed Iran was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Middle East, alleging that Tehran “cannot play any role in the region” if its policies remain unchanged.

The Saudi foreign minister also accused Iran of having “occupying forces” in Syria despite the fact that Iran has firmly dismissed reports about its military involvement in Syria and Iraq, stressing that Tehran’s support for the two Arab nations is in the form of humanitarian aid and military consultation.

The allegations against Iran come as the Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Riyadh and its Persian Gulf Arab allies for fomenting terrorism in their countries.

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf kingdoms are widely known as being the major sponsors of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front, which are operating in Iraq and Syria.

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Pakistan: ‘ Three Senior Iranian Police Commanders Among Seven Killed in Plane Crash ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 12 – Three senior Iranian police officers were among seven people killed in a plane crash after a police turbo-propeller aircraft went down in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders Pakistan, local media reported.

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

The highest-ranking officer was the deputy of Iran’s police inspectorate.

The officers were heading from Tehran to the provincial area of Zahedan to investigate a series of attacks on security forces this week.

The reports said the plane was not shot down but investigators cannot rule out the possibility.  

AFP

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TEHRAN: ‘ Iranian Reporters Challenge President Rouhani in Open Letter Demanding he Stop Lying about Persecution of Journalists ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 04 – More than 130 Iranian reporters and editors have challenged President Rouhani in an open letter, demanding that he stop lying about the persecution of journalists in the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani pledged in his Presidential campaign last year to ease restrictions on media and to free political prisoners; however, the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists has continued.

Last week, while he was in New York for the UN General Assembly, Rouhani was asked in a CNN interview about Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran who was arrested in July with his wife and fellow journalist Yeganeh Salehi.

Rouhani replied, “I do not believe that an individual would be detained or put in prison for being a journalist.”

Full Letter: Link

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‘ Iran’s Armed Forces Prepared For ISIS Threats ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – September 27 – Iran’s Armed Forces are “fully prepared” to repel any potential threats from the Islamic State militants, Brigadier General Ahmadrez Pourdastan, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, said.

If the ISIL terrorist group intends to come near the country’s borders, we will target them deep inside the Iraqi territory,”Pourdastan is cited by PressTV.

Iranian forces have been deployed in the country’s western border regions to beef up security there, he added.

The jihadist Islamic State has claimed large parts of land in Iraq and Syria, and plans to expand its territory, despite the ongoing air-strikes by the US and its allies. 

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‘ Two Iranians Arrested Plead Guilty to Stolen Israeli Passports ‘

#AceWorldNews- KENYA – September 24 – The two Iranians arrested in Kenya last week, pleaded guilty on the charge of possession of forged documents Jewish press reported today. 

The two were travelling on stolen Israeli passports, and had changed the photos to their own.

They pair claimed they were seeking asylum and asked to not be returned to Iran, where they said they might be killed.

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‘ Iran P5+1 Group Meet in New York Raising Security and Agreeing Limiting Media Coverage ‘

#AceWorldNews UNITED NATIONS September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) are working in different formats, having raised the level of security, an informed diplomatic source said on Saturday.

© AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan

© AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan

The sides are working on a bilateral basis as well but no plenary meeting is expected on Saturday, the source told ITAR-TASS.

The sides have agreed not to disclose the details of the negotiations and to limit their contacts with the media.

The source said the process was fragile and needed to be handled carefully as the sides were looking for compromises.

Political directors from Iran and the P5+1 group met in New York on Friday, beginning a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.

The head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sa said Russia would “continue to work with its partners in order to lay the groundwork for compromises”.

The recent contacts, including bilateral ones, with the Iranians were quite promising and showed that the Iranian delegation is preparing for the upcoming round most fundamentally,” Ryabkov said, adding that the six world powers were preparing as well.

We will continue working towards the result,” Ryabkov said.

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IRAN: ‘ Minister Accuses US of Lacking Understanding of ISIL in Interview ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAN (Tehran) – September 08 – Iran accused the United States on Sunday of not taking the threat from ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the Takfiri militants.

“There is still no serious understanding about the threat and they (the United States) have as yet taken no serious action,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with IRIB on Sunday morning.

 US has not been serious in fighting ISIL which roots in their double standards; the US supported ISIL back in Syria and now they want to fight them in Iraq,” he added, according to Mehr news agency.

The top Iranian diplomat said that there has not been enough and comprehensive understanding of ISIL threat yet, but “the Islamic Republic of Iran was aware of its danger since the beginning of ISIL establishment and Iran president’s WAVE (World Against Violence and Extremism) suggested to the last year UN General Assembly proves the Islamic Republic’s logic regarding such issues.”

He pointed to the Leader’s emphasis on danger of radicalism and said that “we know the ISIL danger and stand besides our Iraqi sisters and brothers to control it but this is dangerous for the whole region and international cooperation is needed to eradicate it.”

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` Talks with Iranian Oil Minister did not Produce a Final `Oil-For-Goods Agreement ‘ with Moscow ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW/TEHRAN – May 16 – Talks with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh in Moscow on Thursday did not produce a final agreement on a potential oil-for-goods deal, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said on Friday.

“We did not reach a final agreement,” Reuters quoted Novak as saying.

He hopes a deal could be agreed in time for an inter-governmental meeting in autumn.

Reports in April said that Tehran and Moscow had made progress on a barter deal that could be worth up to $20 billion.

Under the agreement, Moscow would provide Russian equipment and goods in exchange for Iranian oil.

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  1. Build up to Agreement – Moscow Times – 12/01/14 – http://tinyurl.com/ktdcdud

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` Top Iranian Naval Commander of (IRGC) has Said He is Prepared to Order Drone Strikes to Destroy US Navy ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 16 – A top Iranian naval commander said that he is prepared to order suicide attacks, drone strikes, and missile technology to “destroy the U.S. Navy” in any upcoming confrontation, according to an interview printed in Iran’s state-run media.

Iranian Naval Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a member of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said that Iran is constantly training and preparing for a clash with the United States, according to a recounting of his remarks provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Read More: WFB – BY: Adam Kredo
May 16, 2014 5:00 am – http://tinyurl.com/nb73awc

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` Expert on Nuclear Proliferation Renews Fears of Saudi Arabia Obtaining Nuclear Technology from Pakistan ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – May 09 – Mark Fitzpatrick, an expert on nuclear proliferation, renewed on Thursday fears of Saudi Arabia trying to get nuclear technology from Pakistan, saying retired Pakistani nuclear scientists could be recruited by the Saudis (Dawn) reported.

“It’s pretty clear that Saudi Arabia may be looking for a nuclear neutraliser with Iran … so some Pakistani retired scientists could be asked for help,” Mr Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation and disarmament programme at the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, said at the launching of his book ‘Overcoming Pakistan nuclear dangers’ at the Institute of Strategic Studies.

Mr Fitzpatrick referred to media reports suggesting that Saudi Arabia had financed Pakistan’s nuclear programme at the time of its inception and said that it could have come with implicit or explicit understanding that Pakistani nukes would be used for Saudi defence.

He said Saudis were concerned about Iranian nuclear advancements, but did not have a well-developed infrastructure to start their own.

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1. Dawn – May 09 – http://tinyurl.com/otcbp9k

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#AceWorldNews TEHRAN May 02 Iranian Oil Minister Bijan…

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 02 – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the Islamic Republic is ready to supply European countries with natural gas.

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“As a country that has the capacity to supply gas in large volumes, Iran is always willing to export natural gas to Europe via pipeline or in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG),” Zanganeh said on Saturday.

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#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 23 Interfax Moscow will not…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 23 (Interfax) – Moscow will not recognize the May 25 election in Ukraine, unless it is held on the basis of a nationwide, inclusive dialogue, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“We will recognize something that would be based on the all-inclusive process,” he said in an interview with the Russia Today television channel, when asked whether Russia will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine to be legitimate.

“To call an election without finding some common ground with the east and the south of Ukraine I think is very destructive for the country,” the minister said.

At the same time, initially it was expected that the country will not hold the presidential election before conducting its constitutional reform, and this understanding was reflected in the February 21 agreement between Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, the minister recalled.

Lavrov drew parallels with the situation around the Syrian settlement process. The United States and its Western allies insist that the Syrians hold presidential election after conducting constitutional reform, and this is stipulated in the Geneva communique on Syria, the minister said.

The same is written in the Ukraine agreement signed on February 21, Lavrov said.

Meanwhile, Western countries will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine legitimate without the prior constitutional reform, he said.

The same people who are saying that the presidential election in Syria will not be legitimate without a constitutional reform will recognize the legitimacy of the May 25 elections, Lavrov said.

The U.S. is trying to make Russia responsible for settling international crises, and not just the Ukrainian one, he said.

“The Iranian issue depends on Russia alone, Syria depends on Russia alone… Now Ukraine depends entirely on Russia. I would say it is an absolutely unrealistic approach and an attempt to hide your own responsibility,” said the Russian foreign minister.

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` Ayatollah Khamenei to Pardon and Commute Jail Terms of Female Prisoners to Mark Mothers Day ‘

#AceNewsServices TEHRAN – April 20 – (FNA) – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday agreed to pardon and commute jail terms of scores of female prisoners.

To mark the occasion of the Women’s Day, marking the birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (AS), the Prophet’s daughter, the wife of Shiite Islam’s first Imam and the mother of Shiites’ second and third Imams.


Hazrat Fatemeh’s birth anniversary has been designated as Women’s (and Mother’s) Day in Iran.


The 20th day of the lunar Islamic month of Jamadi al-Sani marks the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (AS) daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The amnesty was granted upon a request by Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and approval of the Supreme Leader.

Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.

The Article does not apply to all types of convicts, specially those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the Islamic Republic, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.

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` Azerbijian President has arrived in `Tehran ‘ for talks over Bi-lateral ties and International Development ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 09 – (PTV) – Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran to hold talks on a range of issues, including bilateral ties.

Aliyev arrived at Mehrabad International Airport on Wednesday and was welcomed by Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi.

The Azeri president’s visit to Iran comes at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani.

During his visit to Iran, Aliyev is scheduled to hold talks with President Rouhani on bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments.

The two presidents are also set to sign some documents of cooperation.

The administration of Rouhani has been seeking to improve ties with Iran’s neighbours, including Azerbaijan Republic.

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` Iran’s Parliament State they have Prepared a Bill for Cooperation between ` Tehran and Islamabad ‘ over Terrorism ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 06 – (IRNA) – has stated that a bill will prepare the ground for the growing cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad to have joint campaign against terrorist groups operating on the border areas.

The terrorist groups based in Pakistan have carried out several attacks on Iranian border guards stationed on border line between Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province and Pakistan from 2004.

The capture of Iranian border guards earlier this month, along with the killing of 14 Iranian soldiers last November, was claimed by the terrorist group Jeish al-Adl.

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` Iran and Pakistan Navy’s have agreed to conduct Joint Naval Exercises in the Strait of Hormuz ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 06 – Iran and Pakistan’s navies have made plans to conduct joint naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, according to Iran’s state news agency.

The drills will include a warship and a submarine, according to IRNA. “The most important activity of the Pakistani fleet during its stay in Bandar Abbas is to launch joint maneuvers with selected units of Iran’s Navy in eastern waters of the Hormuz Strait,” Iranian Rear Admiral Shahram Irani told the agency.

IRNA added that the drills were being launched with the intention of bolstering military cooperation between the two nations.

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` Rahimpour Confirms that Kidnapped `Border Guards ‘ Abducted along Iran-Pakistan border are Safe ‘

#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour confirmed that the border guards abducted along Iran-Pakistan border on February 6 are safe and sound.

“The kidnapped Iranian border guards are safe; there is no verified information to substantiate the terrorists’ claim of murder of one of the kidnapped soldiers,” Rahimpour said.

He underlined that the Iranian foreign ministry is seriously following up the case of the abducted border guards in a bid to secure their release.

Last Thursday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli cautioned Islamabad to adopt a more responsible approach towards the safety of the five abducted Iranian border guards, one of whom was killed by Jeish Al-Adl terrorist group this week.

“Iran will draw on all of its capabilities along its borders with Pakistan if Islamabad does not adopt a responsible approach regarding the five Iranian border guards recently abducted by a Pakistan-based terrorist group,” Rahmani Fazli told reporters.

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