Report Is Questionable
Mashreghnews, citing Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, is reporting the house arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi is partially lifted. The hardline news site also cites people close to Karroubi as saying that he is not under house arrest anymore and only a team of “body guards” protects him. Mashreghnews report is not yet verified by other sources. (Mashreghnews, 19 January)
UPDATE: Golnaz Esfandiari, editor of Iran blog Persian Letters, twitted that a journalist close to opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says that Mashreghnews report on lifting the house arrest of Karroubi and Mousavi is “a lie.” Esfandiari adds that the hardline websites have made similar false claims in the past.
File photo: Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi (left) and Mehdi Karroubi