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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Iran opposition leaders arrested and imprisoned

Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leaders of Iran's Green revolution, and their wives, have been arrested and transferred to the Heshmatiyeh prison in Tehran.
The government of the Islamic of Iran had remained absolutely silent with regards to the recent restrictions and house arrest of the companions of the Green Movement, leading to much speculation and uncertainty regarding their whereabouts and well being. Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters had also repeatedly tried to visit with their parents by going to Akhtar street [location of their parents' residence], only to face more ambiguity and contradictions and denied all contact with their parents. The lights to the residences of Mousavi and Karroubi were also off over the past few days. It looks as though the families of the Green opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi were denied contact with them in order to ensure secrecy regarding the location to which they had been transferred. The lack of news and refusal by government authorities to take responsibility for the events also sparked numerous media outlets to report on and question the whereabouts of the Green opposition leaders.

It is worth mentioning that Saham News, the website for Mehdi Karroubi reported that one of Karroubi's neighbors had witnessed their transfer from their residence at around midnight on Thursday. The eye witness reported the arrival of 8 security vans in front of Karroubi's residence and the entrance to the parking lot, stating that after a few minutes they all left the area in a car that left the parking structure.

In other news, after the contradictory and ambiguous reports regarding the recent illegal house arrest and restrictions on Mousavi, Karroubi and their spouses Iran's Attorney General stated today: "The Prime Minister during the 8 year holy war with Iraq [Mousavi], the two times former Head of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic [Karroubi] and their spouses have been arrested and transferred to Heshmatiyeh prison on orders of high ranking Iranian officials.
Will the West impose a no-fly zone? Will they supply weapons to the Green revolution? Don't hold your breath.

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