Iranian authorities have transferred opposition leaders Mehdi Karoubi (left) and Mirhossein Mousavi (right) to a Tehran prison, according to the Kaleme opposition website. Both men have been under house arrest in Tehran since February 14 protests.
AFP - Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been arrested along with their wives and jailed at Tehran's Heshmatiyeh prison, their websites reported on Monday.
The two had been under house arrest after judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said earlier this month they had committed "treason" and MPs demanded they be hanged.
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"Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and their wives, have been arrested and were transfered to the Heshmatiyeh prison of Tehran," Mousavi's website Kaleme.com reported.
"According to credible sources, the arrest and the transfer to jail is sure but the date when it occurred is still uncertain," Kaleme.com said.
Iranian authorities had put Karroubi and Mousavi and their wives under "complete" house arrest after their supporters staged anti-government protests on February 14, their websites had said in previous reports.
News of their alleged arrest came after prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie warned in statements earlier Monday the opposition movement against plans to hold protests on Tuesday.
"Anyone who acts against the law will be dealt with," the prosecutor general was quoted as saying on the website of state television in reference to a call for protests aimed at demanding Mousavi and Karroubi's release from house arrest.
Mousavi and Karroubi led a string of protests in Iran after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009 amid allegations the vote was rigged.
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On Saturday, their websites posted calls for new protests to take on Tuesday in Tehran and other provincial cities to press for their release from house arrest.
The call was issued by the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope, an umbrella group backing the two leaders who steadfastly oppose Ahmadinejad's government.
The group, which called previous protests on February 14 and February 20, said that more demonstrations would be held on March 15 if Mousavi and Karroubi remained under house arrest beyond March 1.
Officials have branded anyone who supports the two men as "anti-revolutionary."
On Monday the prosecutor general said the opposition movement had now transformed itself from "sedition to anti-revolution."
Date created : 2011-02-28