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Iranian activist dies in 'clashes' at father's funeral

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Iranian activist dies in 'clashes' at father's funeral

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The daughter of a prominent veteran Iranian dissident has died after a scuffle reportedly broke out with security forces at his funeral.

Haleh Sahabi, 54, herself an opposition activist and women’s rights campaigner, had been allowed out of jail to attend the ceremony of Ezatollah Sahabi. She was imprisoned after being arrested during the post-election crackdown two years ago.

Opposition websites say she suffered a heart attack but the semi-official Fars news agency has denied there were any clashes. It has also accused the opposition movement of seeking to politicise the incident.