Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wave of Arrests in Tehran

Reports from Tehran indicate that Mir Hossein Mousavi, the presumed real winner of the presidential election, and Mehdi Karrubi, also a presidential candidate, are under house arrest. Gholamhossein Karbaschi, former Tehran’s mayor and Karrubi’s campaign manager, was earlier reported to be under house arrest.

The leadership of pro-reform Mosharekat Party, including its leader Mohammad Reza Khatami, the brother of the former president, and his wife, Zahra Esraghi have been arrested. Also arrested are Mosharekat’s secretary general, Mohsen Mirdamadi, and a score of its activists.

UPDATE: Mousavi and Karrubi are not under house arrest. Today, Mousavi filed a formal complained with the Guardian Council, asking the election oversight body to annul the results of the election, forcing a new election [14 June 2009].

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