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People prevented from visiting Iranian opposition leader

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Security forces once more have been deployed in front of Mehdi Karroubi's home in Tehran preventing visitors from entry.

Mehdi Karrobi among supporters (2009 file photo)

Saham News website reports that police and security forces have been deployed against Mehdi Karroubi's home since Eid-e Qorban (Eid al-Adha) and prevented people from paying a visit to the opposition leader.

Islamic Republic authorities have prevented visits to the homes of the disputing candidates of the 2009 presidential elections, Mir Hosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, on several occasions in the past year and a half.

Family of a prominent commander killed in action in the Iran-Iraq war and prominent reformist cleric, Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani are some of the people who were confronted by the authorities when trying to visit the opposition leaders and prohibited from doing so.

Reportedly Tehran Prosecutor's office has issued a legal order prohibiting visits to the homes of Mousavi and Karroubi.

Mehdi Karroubi's home was also attacked by plain clothes forces in the holy month of Ramadan when they broke doors and windows and also injured some people including Karroubi's chief bodyguard.

Karroubi's house after the attacks in September

The government has accused the opposition leaders of trying to foment a seditious movement by making allegations of fraud in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

While numerous social and political activists have been arrested to quell the post-election protests, the authorities have shied away from incarcerating Mousavi and Karroubi. Instead they have resorted to intimidation and isolation tactics by limiting their mobility and restricting the traffic of visitors to their homes and offices.

The judiciary has often claimed that it is not in the best interests of the system to put Mousavi and Karroubi to trial at present but that they will do so at the right time.

Mousavi and Karroubi maintain that they are concerned for the integrity of the Islamic Republic system and their demand of transparency in the elections is well provided for in the constitution of the country. The two opposition leaders also accuse the Ahmadinejad administration of mishandling the management of the country in every field.

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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