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Tehran prosecutor threatens opposition leaders

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi once more threatened the opposition leaders with prosecution and warned that the Islamic Republic will not allow the "seditious movement" to gain momentum again.

Leaders of Iran's Green Movement

Mir Hossein Mousavi

Mohammad Khatami

Mehdi Karroubi

ISNA reports that Tehran's prosecutor said the "leaders of sedition have not been punished" and added that their prosecution is a "public demand which we will approach justly and firmly."

The disputing candidates of the 2009 presidential elections, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been referred to as "leaders of sedition" by Islamic Republic authorities for refusing to accept the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the elections.

The prosecution of these opposition leaders have so far remained a verbal threat which has not turned into concrete action.

Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi

Tehran's prosecutor once more indicated that the prosecution of "the leaders of sedition" depends on the interests of the regime and expressed his wishes that "their forces return to the bosom of the people."

Dowlatabadi noted the social and economic activities of the opposition adding: "We must not allow them to gain the opportunity to re-establish themselves."

"The judiciary will not allow the seditious movement to return", he emphasized; "because they try to create sedition and doubt and they engage in writing letters that disturbs people's minds and attack the supreme leader and his position."

The opposition leaders have been repeatedly publishing letters and statements criticizing government policies and demanding the release of political prisoners.

Tehran's prosecutor maintained that the opposition is focused on recent economic developments in the country and are trying to use reactions to issues such as cutting government subsidies to create another wave of dissent.

He claimed that the government has defeated the opposition in terms of mass street protests; therefore, "their only hope is to create economic and social uncertainty."

In reference to letters issued by prisoners describing torture and coerced confessions extracted in prisons, Dowlatabadi maintained that writing such letters are the very reason these people are incarcerated.

The most damning letter published recently from prisoners is the letter from prominent student activist, Abdollah Momeni. which describes in detail how he was repeatedly tortured and forced to give false testimony at his trial.

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