Concern for opposition leader under house arrest


The wife of detained Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi reports that she has been completely cut off from her husband, adding that the authorities are now holding him in solitary confinement.

Fatemeh Karroubi told Saham News: “After my husband announced his opinion on the elections, recommending a boycott of them, he is being denied further visits with me, and the authorities are now stopping me from entering my own home.”

She expressed grave concern about the treatment of her husband by his jailers.

Last month, during a visit from his wife, Mehdi Karroubi told her that, in his opinion, the elections are a “sham” and there is no point in participating in the election process.

In the wake of the last presidential election, candidates Mehdi Karroubi and MirHosein Mousavi, who ran against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made allegations of vote fraud and accused the establishment of rigging the outcome. Since last February, both Karroubi and Mousavi, as well as Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, have been under house arrest, completely cut off from the outside world.

Iranian activists have repeatedly condemned the fact that the opposition leaders have been detained despite the complete lack of formal charges against them.

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