Iranian Newspaper Accuses Opposition Leader of Treason
By VOA News
A top Iranian newspaper is calling for reformist
challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi to be tried for treason.
Mir Hossein Mousavi
An editorial Saturday in the conservative daily
Kayhan accuses Mr. Mousavi of working with foreign governments after he
was defeated in last month's presidential vote. It accuses the former prime
minister of acting on orders from the United States to incite the post-election
The editorial by hardline cleric Hossein Shariatmadari, a close aide to Iran's
supreme leader, also called for Iran's former president and leading reformist,
Mohammad Khatami, to be tried for treason.
Mr. Khatami has accused Iran's leaders of a "coup" against democracy for
upholding the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad .
Late Friday, one of Iran's senior pro-reform clerics warned officials many
Iranians are still wary of voting "ambiguities."
The statement by Grand Ayatollah Youssef Saanei posted on his Web site also said
there is no excuse for the government to violate the rights of the Iranian
Iranian authorities have said about 20 people were killed and more than 1,000
arrested in post-election protests.
Also Saturday, a lawyer for a detained employee of the British Embassy in Tehran
said his client now faces charges of "acting against national security."
The lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshi, identified his client as Hossein Rassam, the
British embassy's top political analyst.
Iranian authorities arrested nine local employees of the British embassy last
month. Seven of the employees have since been released.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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