Iran crackdown on reformists intensifies


A crackdown on Iranian reformists and supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi intensified on Wednesday with dozens more detained in Tehran and outside the capital.

A Mousavi campaigner, sociologist Hamid Reza Jalaipour, was arrested at his home but released hours later, he told AFP. Saeed Laylaz, a political and economic analyst, was also arrested on Wednesday in Tehran, a family member said. Both of them are also prominent journalists. Jalaipour said he was released but his son Muhommad Reza, a leading member of Mousavi’s campaign, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while on his way to London. “My son studies at Oxford University and he was leaving for London with his wife. He was arrested by men in plainclothes at the airport,” he said. Since Sunday, at least 88 people have been arrested in Iran’s northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, the deputy governor general for security affairs, Amirollah Shamaghdari, told ISNA news agency.

SANANews.com.pk

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