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Iran judiciary warns opposition leaders

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

Iran's head of judiciary Sadegh Larijani implicitly warned MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi that the system will not tolerate their "illegal activities."

In a meeting with senior judiciary officials, the new head of judiciary said that following the elections, some people tried to reach their objectives by illegally drawing people into street protests.

Mousavi and Karroubi are the two main presidential candidates who disputed Ahmadinejad's victory in June, alleging fraud in the vote count. They have gradually become the leading figures of a nationwide protest against a conservative takeover of the government. People's mass demonstrations in protest of the outcome of the elections were met with the violent reaction of the government forces and resulted in the death and arrest of many protesters.
While several senior aides of the two opposition leaders have been arrested and despite constant threats of arrest from hardliners, so far Mousavi and Karroubi have not been arrested.

Even Ayatollah Larijani's warning today remains implicit as he stirs away from naming names. He simply announced that those who have "spread lies and made false claims" against the Islamic Republic will have to answer to the judiciary irrespective of their position.

This week, Mehdi Karroubi was directly accused of making false claims by a judiciary panel investigating Karroubi's allegations of rape and torture of the recent detainees. Karroubi concludes that the panel is trying to whitewash the issue.

The Islamic Republic is enveloped in a crisis and its integrity is assailed as prominent figures of the Islamic Revolution and the system itself have chipped away from it to defiantly oppose its current policies.


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