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Karroubi calls on Judiciary chief to examine Sahabi's complaint

Tehran, Feb 2, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Sunday called on Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to hold an inquiry into the complaint political activist Ezzatollah Sahabi has lodged for violation of his rights.

In his letter to the heads of the three branches of government, Sahabi complained against security agents for harassing him both inside and outside the prison.

Sahabi, the political activist with affiliation to Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI), was jailed in the past several years and is now free on bail.

"I prefer to be put to death if I've really posed a threat to the government system by expressing my political views. If not, why am I being subject to various kinds of harassment by the security agents even since I've been freed?" Sahabi said in his letter to President Mohammad Khatami, Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

The offices of the three top officials have expressed concern about Sahabi's complaint and said that they would immediately launch inquiry into the matter.

Karroubi said that he has received a similar complaint from another citizen about such mistreatment by the security agents and he will raise the matter in a tripartite meeting with the Judiciary chief and the chief executive later next week.

Pollster meets Iran's Parliament Speaker

Tehran, Feb 2, IRNA -- Head of National Institute for Research and Opinion Polls Behrouz Geranpayeh on Sunday held talks with Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on the proceedings underway against the polling institute.

He told reporters at the end of his negotiations with Karroubi that he appreciated Karroubi's attention and his continuous follow-up of the case during his detention.

The pollster was detained on October 16 in connection with an opinion poll on Iran-US relations and then appeared before Bench 1410 of Tehran Public Court.

The institute had carried an opinion poll at the request of the parliamentary commission on foreign affairs about resumption of Iran-US relations which sparked judicial proceedings against the polling institute.

Geranpayeh was accused of collaborating with foreign agents and then his institute has been shut down.

In the meantime, Ayandeh Polls Institute director Hossein-Ali Qazian and journalist Abbas Abdi, were also arrested over the controversial poll.

Geranpayeh's lawyer, Ramezan Haji Mashhadi said that no verdict has been issued yet for Geranpayeh and that his case is still open.

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