Tags: Iran

Iran: Outside Contact With Opposition Leaders Cut

Monday, 28 Feb 2011 11:26 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state prosecutor said Monday authorities have cut all outside contact with the country's two senior opposition leaders as part of a campaign to silence dissent.

In remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi warned that if necessary "other measures" could be taken against Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi.

"In the first step, their contacts such as meetings and telephone conversations have been restricted," Ejehi was quoted by IRNA as saying. "Should circumstances arise, other measures will be taken."

The development is a sharp escalation following warnings by an international human rights group, which said Sunday the two leaders and their wives were in grave danger after security forces apparently took them from their homes, where they had been under house arrest.

Ejehi did not say where they were being held.

Mousavi and Karroubi were placed under house arrest after urging supporters to attend a Feb. 14 rally. Clashes between protesters and security forces during the demonstrations killed two and wounded dozens.

Karroubi's website, sahamnews.org, said Iranian security forces took the two and their wives to an "unknown location" on Thursday.

Activists and opposition members have demanded Mousavi and Karroubi be released, vowing to stage demonstrations every Tuesday until they are freed.

Ejehi said any attempt by opposition supporters to take to the streets will meet swift retribution.

Iranian officials had called Mousavi and Karroubi "leaders of sedition," but Ejehi said the two were no longer seditionists but anti-revolutionaries.

"Today, this current has passed the sedition stage. It has turned into an anti-revolution (current)," IRNA quoted him as saying.

Prominent pro-reform cleric, Grand Ayatollah Youssef Saanei, denounced the government's treatment of the two opposition leaders.

"We are witnessing anti-Islamic and anti-human attacks against political opponents," said Saanei in a statement posted on a reformist website, kaleme.com.

The men "have been deprived of their basic human rights and put under house arrest without holding any trial, even a show trial and without giving them the chance to defend themselves," said Saanei.

The protests that swept Iran in the months after the disputed June 2009 presidential election grew into a larger movement opposed to Iran's ruling system. It was the biggest challenge faced by Iran's clerical leadership since coming to power in the 1979 revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.

Hundreds of thousands peacefully took to the streets in support of Mousavi, who claimed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected through massive voter fraud, and some powerful clerics sided with the opposition.

But a heavy military crackdown crushed the protests, and many in the opposition — from midlevel political figures to street activists, journalists and human rights workers — were arrested.

The opposition says more than 80 demonstrators were killed in the turmoil. The government, which puts the number of confirmed deaths at 30, accuses opposition leaders of being "stooges of the West" and of seeking to topple the ruling system.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Choke-Hold Death Puts NYC's Top Cop Back in Spotlight

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:53 AM

On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protesters gathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhatt . . .

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Putin 'Stumbled' in Handling Plane Attack

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:52 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin "badly stumbled" in his handling of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and is alie . . .

Texas Border Sheriffs Criticize Perry's National Guard Plan

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:23 AM

Gov. Rick Perry's announcement to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to combat the influx of illegal i . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved