Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Finnish fishermen captured by Iran

Iran holds three Finnish Anglers.

IRAN is holding three Finns who allegedly drifted into Iranian waters while fishing off the United Arab Emirates, it was reported today.

The three had gone fishing off Dubai on Saturday and got lost in the Gulf near the island of Abu Musa, Finnish news agency STT reported. Finnish Foreign Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but STT quoted a Finnish diplomat as saying the three were well and in Iranian custody.

Iran closely guards its borders and regularly intercepts boats that it says have strayed into its waters.

Meanwhile, back in Finland: Late Imam Khomeini commemorated in Finland.

A ceremony was held in Helsinki, capital of Finland, on the occasion of the 18th demise anniversary of the late Imam Khomeini. In the ceremony, which was held in Islamic Cultural Center in Helsinki on Sunday evening a number of Muslim residing in Finland were present.

Iran's Ambassador to Finland Reza Nazar-Ahari addressed the crowd on different aspects of Imam's life.

In part of his speech, Nazar-Ahari said, "Imam's uprising was not against a special group or person, but it was against darkness." Imam reminded all Muslims, Shia and Sunni, of the necessity of awareness against cultural invasion, the ambassador added.

(ed. note: two guesses as to who the darkness is.)

Two other Muslims from Finland and Iraq also talked about Imam's life and an Iranian poet recited his poem about the late Imam. A documentary film was also shown in the ceremony concerning the last days of Imam Khomeini's life.