Iran's Mousavi 'urges calm after arrest of his allies'

Mousavi urged his supporters to keep their calm after the detention of one of his top allies and another reformer, a statement on his website said.

Iran's Mousavi 'urges calm after arrest of his allies'

Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi urged his supporters on Wednesday to keep their calm after the detention of one of his top allies and another reformer, a statement on his website said.

Mousavi said the detention of reformers Alireza Hosseini Beheshti and Morteza Alviri was a "sign of more horrendous events to come".

"Keep your calm and remain aware," said Mousavi in the statement posted on the website Kaleme.com. "Be careful not to let them (authorities) provoke you"

Mousavi's website earlier quoted the wife of Beheshti, who heads an opposition committee looking into alleged abuse of imprisoned protesters after the June election, as saying he was arrested in his home on Tuesday.

The wife, who was not named, said five security agents took part in the raid and searched "everywhere, even the bedroom" for several hours and seized personal belongings and documents before taking Beheshti away.

The family was treated in an "impolite way," she added.

He is the son of Ayatollah Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti, who was head of Iran's supreme court for about a year after its 1979 Islamic revolution and killed in a 1981 bombing attack.

There was no immediate comment from officials on the report.

Another reformist website, mowjcamp.com, said on Tuesday that Alviri, a top aide of pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi and a former Tehran mayor, had been detained.

Also on Tuesday, judiciary officials closed down Karoubi's office in northern Tehran and seized documents and computer data disks, the ILNA news agency reported earlier.

Beheshti has issued estimates of the number of people killed in post-election unrest that are much higher than the official death toll of around 26 people. The opposition says more than 70 people died during street protests after the vote.

Mousavi and Karoubi, who finished second and fourth respectively in the election, say the poll was rigged to secure Ahmadinejad's re-election. The authorities deny the charge.

Reuters
Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2009, 16:34
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