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Page 10-Friday, July 25, 1980-The Michigan Daily-
20 Iranian soldiers
executed for alleged
plot to kill Khomeini
By The Associated Press
Twenty Iranian military men were, holding the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
executed at dawn yesterday in Tehran have disputed a report by his paper that
in swift retribution for their alleged the 52 American hostages might be
roles in a plot to bomb the home of freed three weeks from now, at the end
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and over- of Ramadan, the Moslem holy month of
throw his revolutionary regime, the of- fasting.
ficial Iranian news media reported. The newspaper, Al Sharq Al Awsat, in
Tehran Radio said nine other a report Wednesday citing "Arab sour-
Iranians also were executed throughout ces," had said the Iranian regime "has
the country yesterday for offenses become cinvinced that the presence of
ranging from drug trafficking to armed the hostages has become a liability"
robbery. because it has led to damaging
Among them was Mahmud Rohati, economic reprisals against Iran.
identified as deputy head of SAVAK, "The end of the month of fasting
secret police of the deposed Shah of provides a favorable oppor-
Iran. The charges against him were not tunity ...because it is a tradition in
spec fe the reo an Arabic-language the Islamic world to release prisoners
THE DITO of n Aabiclangage at the end of Ramadan," the article
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welcome French and
British with flowers

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Rebel
tribesmen put down their bows and
arrows, took up garlands of flowers and
warmly welcomed an "invasion force"
of French and British troops yesterday
to the South Pacific coconut isle of
Espiritu Santo, officials reported.
It was a peaceful end to a two-month-
long uprising and cleared the way for
independence ceremonies next Wed-
nesday for the New Hebrides ar-
chipelago. Espiritu Santo is the largest
of the New Hebrides' 72 islands.
ON MAY 28, the rebel leader, former
bulldozer driver Jimmy Stevens; and
several hundred followers chased of-
ficials of the central administration
from the island and declared its in-
dependence. Two uprisings failed on
another New Hebrides island, Tanna.
The New Hebrides have been ruled
jointly by Britain and France for 74
years, and the central government at
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Port Vila, on Efate Island, is controlled
by pro-British politicians. Stevens had
the backing of many of his island's 4,000
French settlers in the attempt to secede
as nationhood neared.
He also had received support from a
group of right-wing American
businessmen who hoped to make
Espiritu Santo a tax-free haven.
A BRITISH Foreign Office
spokesman said a final decision was
made Wednesday in meetings in Lon-
don and Paris to go ahead with a
military operation to secure the
breakaway island.
One hundred French paratroopers
were flown in from the nearby French
island of New Caledonia. A similar
number of British commandos were
already at Port Vila.
Official spokesman John Beasant
said in a telephone interview from the
New Hebrides capital, 80 miles east of
Australia, that the paratroopers were
dropped in first to clear the airfield at
Luganville on Espiritu Santo, and then
the British troops flew in.
Stevens' followers, who brandished
bows and arrows in seizing the island
eight weeks ago, greeted the arriving
troops Thursday with garlands of
flowers, French officials said in Paris.
Not a shot was fired, Beasant said.
A friendly welcome of flowers and
dancing had been promised by Stevens,
who plainly realized any resistance by
his bow and arrow-wielding followers
against well-equipped soldiers would be
hopeless.

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