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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No. 18-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, June 3, 1980 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
Ex-attorney
general in
.k fran despite
U.S. gov't
objections

From UPI and AP
TEHRAN, Iran - Defying a U.S.
travel ban, former attorney general
Ramsey Clark and'Nobel Prize-winning
biologist George Wald flew into Tehran
with eight other Americans yesterday
to try to talk with Iranian officials
about the release of 53 American
hostages.
The American delegation joined an
international conference on "U.S. in-
terventions in Iran," called by
AP Photo Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the
IRANIAN PRESIDENT ABOLHASSAN Bani-Sadr makes the opening speech abortive U.S. hostage rescue April 25
yesterday at the "Crimes of America" conference in Tehran. Bani-Sadr said which Clark has called "lawless" and
Washington and the Pentagon virtually governed Iran for years and urged "contrary to constitutional gover-
condemnation of U.S. efforts there. nment."
FBI estions w tess
about ordan shooting
From UPI and AP
Wayne Davis, special agent in charge of the FBI in In-
FORT WAYNE, Ind.-Martha Coleman, the only known diana, said prior to the interview that Coleman "definitely is
witness to the shooting of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, not a suspect. We are simply talking to her to get details on
was questioned by FBI agents yesterday for the first time the shooting."
since the sniper attack last Thursday. Coleman, 36 and a Fort Wayne Urban League board
Neither FBI officials nor Coleman's attorney would member, was dropping Jordan off at his room at the Marriott
reveal details of the interview. Coleman, 36, a white civil Hotel at 2 a.m. Thursday when he was shot, police said.
rights volunteer, skipped an earlier conference with the FBI ' JORDAN HAD BEEN in town to speak at the local chap-
because she saw reporters waiting to question her. ter's annual dinner. After the dinner, Coleman joined Jordan
JORDAN, 44, DIRECTOR of the National Urban League, for drinks at the hotel bar. At 12:30 a.m., Leonard said, they
got out of bed and sat up in a chair yesterday for the first time drove to her home for coffee. Leonard said no one else joined
since a bullet from a .30-06 rifle gouged a fist-sized hole in his them and they received no phone calls. They left to return to
back. The shooting took place in the parking lot of his motel. the hotel around 1:30 a.m., he said.
His condition was listed as serious but stable. On the ride back to the hotel, they were passed by a car of
Coleman, who took Jordan home for coffee and then drove hecklers, Leonard said.
him back to the motel said in a newspaper interview "The comment that she recalls was something to the ef-
published yesterday she "didn't see a thing" and did not have fect of 'derelict' or 'deviant,' something along those lines,"
"anything to hide." .Leonard said.
Her attorney, Charles Leonard, said his client would There were "two men in the front, one individual in the
remain in seclusion back" of the passing car, he said adding, "She was unable
"SHE'LL TALK TO as many people as she needs to si c h -s s
Leonard said. WITNESS,Page 2

"IT IS inconceivable that con-
stitutional government could ever
delegate to a single person - president
or prime minister - the power to risk
killing many people half a world away
in a foreign country," Clark said of the
aborted mission ordered by President
Carter. Eight American commandos
were killed in the rescue attempt.
Clark, who was attorney general un-
der President Lyndon Johnson, said he
was told the delegation would be
allowed to talk about anything during
its stay. "We think that dialogue will
lead to the early release of the
hostages," he said. "That's our hope."
Despite Clark's optimism about a
possible role in the 212-day hostage
crisis, Iranian officials failed to
respond in the same vein, although
Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh
said Clark was known as a friend of the
Islamic revolution.
ACTING FOR President Carter,
Clark tried to help solve the hostage
crisis soon after the U.S. Embassy was
seized last November 4. Hut his mission
was called off before his plane got
beyond Istanbul, Turkey.
Now on his own, Clark dodged
questions on the consequences of
defying the administration's ban on
travel to Iran, saying, "I never an-
ticipate difficulties. I am an optimist."
It was reported that Clark and the
other members of the delegation were
shown a "top secret" letter by an
American general who purportedly
planned a military coup last year.
THE ALLEGED document released
to the conference was a letter ad-
dressed to then NATO Forces Com-
mander Gen. Alexander Haig by his
deputy, Gen. Robert Huyser, sent to
Iran in the last days of the shah last
year.
According to the alleged document,
Huyser planned "a straight military
takeover" to prevent Khomeini retur-
See EX-A TTORNEY, Page 2.

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