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Tehran prosecutor shuts down oppostion leader's office

Source: Radio Zamaneh, Netherlands

Mehdi Karoubi's office was shut down today by the order of the Prosecutor-General of Tehran, according to Esmail Gerami Moghadam as cited by ILNA news agency. Mr. Gerami Moghadam added that on Tuesday evening, officials entered Mr. Karoubi's office and confiscated all documents in the office. The chief editor of Karoubi's party was also arrested according to Mr. Gerami Moghadam.

Salam News also reported that Morteza Elviri's home was searched by government officials. Mr. Elviri, a senior Karoubi aide, is a member of the probe committee formed by the two opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi. The committee is in charge of investigating the legal violations committed against post-election detainees and victims.

The office of this probe committee was also overtaken by government officials yesterday and all of its documents were confiscated.

Last week the committee published a name-list of 72 victims killed in the post-election violence. Government officials, who have only confirmed the death of 20 and claim the majority of those are actually from government forces, spoke out against the authenticity of the list and condemned its publication.

In the course of the committee's investigations, Mehdi Karoubi has also publicized allegations of detainee rape in the recent events. While many hardliners have repeatedly attacked him for making what they call "baseless" accusations, Karoubi has posted firsthand testimony of a rape victim and physical examination reports of a rape victim from a coroner on his party website. He has also given some documents in this regard to the judiciary.

Mr. Karoubi has already reported that he is under severe pressure from government forces to stop pressing for swift action in the cases of sexual assault by government officials. He had repeatedly told that he would not back down from his efforts to exact justice for these victims.

Mr. Karoubi's party daily, Etemad-e Meli was also shut down last month. The opposition leader had recently called on protesters of the election outcome to join the Qods Day events to voice their dissent with the current situation.

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