A member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Mosharekat) has been detained, opposition sources say.
Recently, Ali Mirzaei was reportedly harassed by the security bodies over his calls for former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to participate in the upcoming presidential election on 14 June.
On Monday, the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) as well as the Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organisation (MIRO), two prominent pro-reform parties, released separate statements endorsing Hashemi Rafsanjani’s candidacy. Following the widely contested 2009 presidential election, many of the two groups’ members were arrested, paraded in televised show trials and sentenced to lengthy jail terms.
Esmail Ali Mirzaei is also a former governor of Sardasht, a small city in West Azerbaijan Province.