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Iranian MP Mousavi Khoeini may be arrested soon: report

An informed judiciary source has said that Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini, an MP from Tehran, might be arrested this week for his failure to show up in court to answer charges, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Persian-language newspaper `Toss'e' quoted an official at the Administrative Court as saying that Mousavi Khoeini had been summoned to answer charges of spreading rumor and slandering a certain state institution.

The official, who had not been identified by the daily, added that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has filed a complaint against the MP following his comments on the organization's prisons and detention centers.

He said the court had blamed the remarks by Mousavi Khoeini for several international resolutions against the Islamic Republic.

`Toss'e' wrote that the MP is commissioned by the Parliament (Majlis) to probe issues relating to prisons, and that he is seriously following up the case of imprisoned students, as well as the jamming of satellite broadcast.

The daily further quoted another MP from Tehran, Fatemeh Haqiqatjou, as saying that the Inspection Department of IRGC's Joint Chief of Staff has filed the complaint against Mousavi Khoeini for his remarks regarding the detention of pollsters Hossein-Ali Qazian and Behrouz Geranpayeh.

She said Mousavi Khoeini in an interview with the Persian-language newspaper `Etemad' late last year had indicated where Qazian and Geranpayeh were held after the State Prisons Organization had announced that it knew nothing about the issue.

The Tehran MP said the organization should oversee all prisons and detention centers in the country, adding that Article 84 of the Constitutions authorizes members of the parliament to comment on all issues.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Haqiqatjou said the Majlis Presiding Board has commissioned a lawyer to study the complaint.

Qazian and Geranpayeh were arrested last year for a controversial polling that "showed most of the people in Tehran are in favor of resumption of ties with the US."

Qazian has received a sentence of four years and six months for selling intelligence to foreigners and propagating against the Islamic Republic while Geranpayeh has not yet been informed of any court decision to the effect.

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