To me the most disturbing part of this news is that he will be receiving an honorary diploma. I would really like to know for what? It seems like the International community has quickly forgotten the brutal human rights violations and in perticular the opression of students during the 8 years Khatami was in power. And for those who buy the argument that he did not have any power during his presidency below is a few points to consider:

  1. let say he didn't know how much power he would or would not have during his first term and he made all kinds of promises to the people, but by his second term he knew exactly where he stood and regardless chose to run for presidency and continue his BS regarding "Islamic Democracy" as if the two could ever exist together.
  2. Khatami was quoted as calling the students "hoodlooms and trouble makers" when in fact they had been attacked by basijis and had not retaliated in any violant way.
  3. Khatami signed the arrest warrant for numerous prominent student activists personally!

And now he is being given an honorary doctorate (not his first one either), he definatly deserves on i his area of expertise (DICTATORSHIP).

October 28, 2006 Iran va Jahan IRVAJ Network
London -- The former President of Iran, Mohammad Khatami will be visiting UK next week. Mr. Khatami who is currently the President of the International Foundation of Dialogue Among Civilizations, and the most senior government official to visit the UK since the 1979 revolution, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews on 31st October. The visit has created much controversy. Already Sir Menzies Campbell, head of the UL Liberal Democratic Party and Chancellor of St Andrews has announced that he will stay away from the ceremony.But more worrying for Mr. Khatami should be a law suit which has been launched against the former President by two Iranian students who currently reside in the UK. According to a statement released by their lawyer, Mr. Hamid Sabi, the two were brutally tortured during Mr. Khatami's tenure in office (see below). The two students, who have taken refuge in the UK, have submitted a complete file showing graphic details of the treatment they have received in the Iranian prison. They have requested Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to review the evidence and arrest Mohammad Khatami on charges of committing torture under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act. During Mr. Khatami's presidency, hundreds of students who participated in demonstrations were tortured brutally by Iran's secret police. A number of students, including Mr. Akbar Mohammadi, have died in prison. A large number of activists are still in prison.
Press release For immediate release25th October 2006Former Iranian President to be charged with tortureLondon 25th October 2006Two students who have been brutally tortured in the hands of the Iranian secret police have requested the Metropolitan police to arrest Mr. Khatami, former president of Iran, on charges of torture.Mohammad Khatami, Iran's president between 1997 and 2005, is visiting the UK at the invitation of St. Andrews University. During his presidency, hundreds of students who participated in demonstrations were tortured brutally by Iran's secret police. A number of students, including Mr. Akbar Mohammadi, have died in prison. A large number of activists are still in prison. The two students, who have taken refuge in the UK, have submitted a complete file showing graphic details of the treatment they have received in the Iranian prison. They have requested Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to review the evidence and arrest Mohammad Khatami on charges of committing torture under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act.For further information contact:H. Sabi 07811 458 602N. Yazdi 07939 537 613

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