DATE=8/30/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN UNREST (L) NUMBER=2-265984 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In Iran, reformist and conservative leaders are condemning recent violence in the western city of Khorramabad in which a policeman was killed and dozens of people were wounded, including the provincial governor. V-O-A Middle East Correspondent Scott Bobb reports the unrest began when conservative hard-liners in the city disrupted a meeting of reformist students. TEXT: The head of Iran's leading reformist group, Reza Khatami,(Wednesday) denounced the attacks in Khorramabad. But Mr. Khatami, who is the brother of the Iranian president, also urged students to remain calm and refrain from violence. The unrest also was condemned by the conservative- dominated Friday Prayer Leaders. The Iranian news agency quotes a leading conservative figure, Habibollah Asgarowladi, as demanding a detailed and impartial probe into the unrest which he said favors U-S policy. The English-language newspaper, Iran Daily, Wednesday, lamented the incident in a front-page editorial, saying society should not allow violations of civil rights to be used to foster gains by individuals or political factions. Several members of parliament said they would launch an investigation and summon the ministers of interior and intelligence for questioning. The unrest began last Thursday when conservative sympathizers prevented two reformist leaders from addressing a student conference, leading to protests and cancellation of the conference. Buses returning student delegates home were subsequently attacked by vigilantes and their occupants beaten. Shops and a bank were damaged during clashes Sunday in which a policeman was shot to death and several others wounded. The provincial governor was struck by a rock Tuesday while attending the officer's funeral. Political tensions have been rising in recent months amid a crackdown on Iran's pro-reform press. Virtually all pro-reform newspapers have been closed down. Many journalists and publishers have been detained for questioning and a number of them have been sentenced to prison terms. The Iranian News Agency (Wednesday) reported a special press court has ordered the Arya daily newspaper permanently closed and sentenced its editor to four months in jail. The editor, Mohammad-Reza Zohdi, was found guilty of spreading lies and distorting public opinion. The official news agency also reported (Wednesday) that a lawyer who has defended reformist journalists was arrested for what were called "false allegations" against the judiciary during an interview on V-O-A. The editor of the banned Danestaniha paper was also reportedly detained after a similar interview. (Signed) NEB/SB/JWH/PW 30-Aug-2000 11:22 AM EDT (30-Aug-2000 1522 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .