Iranian authorities are stepping up post-election crackdown. Reports from Tehran indicate that the government will put on trial several top reformist leaders, including key figures from reformist administration of Mohammad Khatami. Lawyers in Tehran say they are being held for “acting against national security.”
Meanwhile, Hossein Shariatmadari, the influential editor of the ultra-Conservative daily Kayhan, has called for detention and trial of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leader of the opposition and the prime minister of the Islamic Republic during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, on charges of “treason.” He has called Mousavi a “U.S. agent.” Shariatmadari is also a top aid to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
The expected trial of the reformist leaders and the call for trial of Mousavi is formally transforming the Islamic Republic into a naked dictatorship, with no pretenses for being one of the few centers of tolerance in the Muslim world for the loyal opposition.