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Iranian Official: 'I Consider Musavi An Enemy Of God'

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Gholamhossein Elham, a member of Iran's powerful Guardians Council, has reportedly said that opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi is a "mohareb," which means "an enemy of God" or someone who takes up arms against the Iranian establishment. The charge carries the death sentence in the Islamic republic.

Former government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham

Elham was quoted by Iran's hard-line Fars news agency as saying during a speech at a university that although he confirmed Musavi's candidacy to run during last year's presidential election, he now believes the former prime minister is an enemy of the Iranian system.

Elham added that he feels sorry for those who still support Musavi, because "he's led to the disruption of order in the country, street terror, and similar issues."

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi

The Iranian official said that his view is a legal viewpoint and does not carry any executive weight.

Elham, a former government spokesman and a former minister of justice, and his wife, hard-line journalist Fatemeh Rajabi, are known as staunch supporters of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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