The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament said on Monday (15 September) that the Assembly definitely would add to the conditions set down by revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, for the release of the United States hostages.
GV PAN Students and others chanting in airport lounge, Teheran, Iran
GV PAN Four student deportees from Britain hailed by crowd in airport lounge
SV PAN Demonstrators surrounding deportees and chanting slogans (2 shots)
SV Student in crowd making speech in Farsi
SV INTERIOR Hojatoleslam Rafsanjani speaking in Majlis (parliament)
TGV Majlis members seated
GV Hojatoleslam Rafsanjani speaking on rostrum
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Background: The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament said on Monday (15 September) that the Assembly definitely would add to the conditions set down by revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, for the release of the United States hostages. Hojatoleslam Hashhemi Rafsanjani said the parliament (Majlis) will insist on an apology from the United States for its former involvement in Iran. The Iran administration, meanwhile, is involved in another diplomatic conflict, with Britain.
SYNOPSIS: A further set of Iranian students arrived in Teheran on Sunday after being deported by Britain, and hundreds of supporters were at the airport to welcome them home.
The students are being sent back to Iran following convictions in British courts on charges of obstructing or assaulting police during a demonstration outside the United States Embassy in London early in August. They arrived home to a heroes' welcome.
Britain closed its embassy in Teheran on Tuesday (9 September) because of fears that its diplomats there might be seized in retaliation for the arrest of students in London. British police have categorically denied allegations by the students that they were badly treated.
The four latest deportees -- three men and a woman -- clutched flowers and copies of the Koran as they heard a Moslem student leader speak emotionally about their treatment by British police and prison authorities.
At about the same time, another speaker, with considerably more authority, was addressing the Majlis (parliament) on the question of the 52 American hostages, seized by student revolutionaries at their embassy in November, 1979. Parliamentary Speaker Hojatoleslam Hashhemi Rafsanjani says the Majlis will go beyond conditions set out by the Ayatollah Khomeini for the release of the hostages. Hojatoleslam Rafsanjani -- a leader of the hardline Islamic Republican Party -- said the Majlis will demand a humbling American apology which would condemn United States actions in Iran under the Shah. But the speech, significantly, left out the issue of putting the hostages on trail -- a condition for which there remains a considerable lobby in the Majlis.