Iran's Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a rapturous welcome when he addressed Iranian and foreign officials at his private residence north of the capital Teheran on January 2.
1. GV Crowd chanting and raising clenched fists. 0.06
2. GV PAN Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini appearing at balcony of his home in Jamaran, as supporters chant his name. 0.33
3. CU PULL BACK TO SV Prime Minister (Mir-) Hossein Mousavi seated among crowd. 0.44
4. SCU Chief of Staff, General Zahirnejad among crowd. 0.49
5. SCU Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, former Chief Justice of the Islamic Revolutionary Courts of Iran. 0.54
6. CU PULL BACK TO SCU Iran's President Hojatoleslam Ali Khamenei greeted by other man in crowd. 1.05
7. TOP VIEW & GV Crowd listens as Khomeini, seated, speaks through microphone. (2 SHOTS) 1.16
8. SV/GV Khomeini addressing attentive crowd. (4 shots) 1.55
9. GV Khomeini gets up and salute enthusiastic crowd. 2.24
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Background: JAMARAN, IRAN
Iran's Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a rapturous welcome when he addressed Iranian and foreign officials at his private residence north of the capital Teheran on January 2. Officials from 40 nations had gathered in Iran for the 'International Congress of Friday Prayer', and leaders were among those invited to hear a short address by the Ayatollah at Jamaran. Guests also included Iranian Prime Minister (Mir-) Hossein Mousavi, chief staff, General Zahirnejad, former Justice of the Courts Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, and the Republic's President Hojatoleslam Ali Khamenei. The 82-year-old revolutionary leader looked frail as he spoke to the attentive crowd. They responded with cheers and raised clenched fists in response to his salute. The Ayatollah Khomeini recently attacked the Republic's judicial system denouncing it for failing to ensure the security of individuals. He ordered an end to detentions without court orders and banned spying by individuals on their neighbours in a bid to crack down on abuse of authority and human rights violations throughout the country. Teheran radio said that 20 itinerant investigation teams had been formed to study complaints of human rights abuses. Prime Minister Mousavi is also reported to have been instructed to ensure the implementation of an eight point 'Islamicisation programme' which Western diplomats describe as an attempt to relax strict aspects of the nation's Islamic regime.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUR OSKOUI