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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, July 15, 1980-Page 13
Iran executes
at least 26;
steps up threats
of hostage trials

FromAPandUPI
Iranian executioners shot at least 26
persons late Sunday and yesterday, in-
cluding a former army chief of staff,
two leaders of the Bahai religious sect,
and an anti-government student ac-
tivist, the official news media reported.
It was one of the busiest nights in
months for Iran's firing squads.
STEPPING UP their campaign for
hostage trials, the Moslem militants
holding the U.S. Embassy published a
purported interview with one of their

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Straw" on his violin for Chinese political leaders at a banquet in Peking's
Great Hall of the People last Wednesday.

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Women ' conference
convenes in Denmark

From AP and UPI
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Five
years after the start of the United
Nations' Decade for Women, 1,500
delegates from 140 countries here for a
mid-decade conference heard yester-
day that thecampaign to ease women's
burdens had far to go.
Formally opening the 18-day con-
ference "devoted to one of the great
human objectives of our time," U.N.
Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim
warned against overlooking the
progress that has been made in the past
five years, but said social and economic
realities give little cause for com-
placency.
"BY AND large, women are per-
manently at work, but not permanently
employed. They work long hours, but
are often not proportionately rewar-
ded," Waldheim said. He added that
women suffered chronic poor health

and inadequate nutrition in developing
countries and that two out of three
illiteratesin theworld are women.
Lucille Mair, Jamaic n secretary-
general of the conference, said, "We
have learned valuable lessons. The at-
'titudinal prejudices which stand in the
way of women's advancement are held _
by women as well as men, and both are
responsible for the lack of political will
in many countries to change the status
of women.
"Everywhere, in ways as varied as
our world, efforts to improve the con-
ditions of women have suffered," she
said in her keynote speech.
The most controversial item on the
agenda - the rights of Palestinian
women in Israeli-occupied territories -
caused a disruption at a press con-
ference when a journalist from Radio
Israel heckled the Palestinian
delegation.

American captives in which he admit-
ted to being a CIA officer and named
two of his contacts - both high-level
Iranians.
The militants identified the hostage
as Thomas Ahern, a 48-year-old State
Department employee and native of
Fond duLac, Wis., whom they have ac-
cused previously of espionage.
Yesterday was the 254th day in cap-
tivity for the 52 American hostages.
THEIR FATE is to be decided by the
Iranian Parliament, but the decision
may be months away. Parliamentary
leaders have said the deputies over-
whelmingly support putting the
Americans on trial as spies.
At least 19 of the Iranians executed -
in Tabriz, Tehran, and Hamadan -
were accused of drug trafficking,
prostitution, adultery, or other vices
that have become capital offenses un-
der Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's
strict Moslem regime.
Others shot in Tehran included Lt.
Gen. Houshang Hatam, who served as
acting army chief of staff in the final
months of Shah Mohammad Reza
Pahlavi's regime, and Kiomars
Rajabian, a former officer of the shah's
imperial guard.
HATAM HAD been accused of
"killing struggling people," apparently
during the anti-shah revolution, and
Rajabian of killing "a brave son of the
nation," Tehran Radio said.
In Tabriz, two men executed were
leaders of the local Bahai community.
Bahai is a modern offshoot of Islam,
and many of the estimated 50,000 Bahai
believers in Iran were close to the ex-
shah's regime.
An Islamic judge said two generals
accused of masterminding an unsuc-
cessful coup against Khomeini would go
on trial "within the next few days."
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Diggs loses leniency bid;
ordered to serve sentence

From UPIand AP
WASHINGTON - Former Rep.
Charles Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.) lost his
final bid for leniency yesterday on mail
fraud and payroll padding convictions
and was ordered to begin serving a
three-year prison term onJuly 23.
Diggs appeared before U.S. District
Judge Oliver Gasch yesterday and
asked to be placed on probation or
given a reduced sentence, but Gasch
turned him down ina brief hearing.
GASCH ORDERED Diggq to report
to a prison to be designated by the
Justice Department. The judge said he
would recommend that Diggs be
assigned to the prison at Maxwell Air
Force Base in Alabama.
Diggs, when asked if he had anything
to say to the court, noted in a wavering
voice that he had acknowledged his

guilt before his colleagues in the House.
"I'm here to further acknowledge my
misconduct before this court," he ad-
ded.
"I believe the sentence previously
imposed is a fair sentence," the judge
responded. "I do not feel that any long
period of incarceratioq is indicated, but
I do feel some term shuld be imposed
and that the parole board is better
suited to determine the length."
Diggs, who resigned from his House
seat following Supreme Court rejection
of his appeal, represented Detroit's in-
ner city for 13 terms and was the senior
black member of Congress.
He was convicted in 1978 on 11 counts
of mail fraud and 18 counts of filing
false pay vouchers in what the gover-
nment said was a scheme of inflating
staff payrolls to obtain kickbacks.

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