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Conflicting reports on fate of Iranian opposition leaders

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Conflicting reports on fate of Iranian opposition leaders


There are conflicting reports on the fate of two main opposition leaders in Iran.

The website of Mirhossein Mousavi claimed he and Mehdi Karoubi had been arrested and put in prison.

But the semi-official Fars news agency now says this is not so.

There were angry scenes in Tehran’s parliament last month, as politicians demanded the men be put on trial for calling for Egypt-style anti-government protests.

But Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi told Euronews the men are not in prison:

“They are in their homes and I said, you see, every country enjoys its own rules and regulations, there is rule of law.”

Ardesnir Amir Arjmand, Mousavi’s adviser, told Euronews from Paris that in his opinion, the authorities never accept their judicial responsibility. They never release any details about the men’s situation. For us, they are government hostages, the government is responsible for their well-being.

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