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Iran: Karoubi concerned over fate of "unknown" election detainees

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karoubi expressed concern for the numerous "unnamed" detainees of the post-election events who have been languishing in Iran's prisons.

In a report on Saham News, Karoubi claimed these people were arrested on the streets of the country in the course of protests against the outcome of the elections and months after detention their fates remain unknown.

The opposition leader maintained that he will keep fighting for the release of all detainees of the recent events.

In post-election protests to the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, over five thousand people have been arrested, many of which are still in prison.

A group of prominent political and social activists have been released in the past weeks temporarily on heavy bails.

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Mehdi Karoubi visited Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi, a detained journalist who was recently released on a temporary basis after almost nine months in prison. In this meeting, the opposition leader expressed his concern for the ordinary prisoners of the recent protests whose names are not as widely known as some of the prominent opposition detainees.

Furthermore, he condemned the repeated arrest of journalists and maintained that the truth cannot be blocked with putting pressure on political activists and journalists.

Karoubi encouraged people to visit with the families who have lost loved ones in the recent protests and to extend their sympathies especially during the holidays.

In the post-election events, according to official reports at least 40 people were killed. The opposition claims the number of deaths is even higher.

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