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Senior members of Iranian clergy commiserate with opposition leader

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Several senior members of the Iranian clergy have issued condolences for the passing of Mir Hossein Mousavi's father, Mir Esmail Mousavi.

A memorial is planned for Mir Esmail Mousavi in Tehran on Sunday

Kaleme opposition website reports that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iran's Expediency Council, expressed sympathy for the Mousavi family, adding that they had made many worthy contributions to Islam, the Revolution and the country, as well as to "the pride of several martyrs."

In a statement issued yesterday, Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters indicated that one of Mir Esmail Mousavi's grandsons was killed in the Iran-Iraq War and another was shot in the post-election protests of 2009 by an unidentified gunman.

Ayatollah Yousef Sanei, a senior Qom cleric, announced his condolences: "I hope all the people who have suffered harm for their struggle to realize people's rights and in particular his honourable son is released from this illegal house arrest and is once more allowed to enjoy his human rights."

Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, have been under house arrest, since the Iranian opposition leaders called for a solidarity march on February 14 in support of the recent Arab uprisings. Mehdi Karroubi, the other opposition leader, has also been under house arrest with his wife.

Several other clergy members, including Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili, commiserated with the family of Mir Esmail Mousavi.

Ayatollah Dastgheib, the Shiraz representative in the Assembly of Experts and an open critic of the government, addressed his announcement to Mir Hossein Mousavi. "Although you are under an illegal and anti-religious and even inhumane arrest, in effect and in truth, you are free," he said. "While you have been illegally isolated, you are in the warm hearts of our pious and freedom-loving people."

Ayatollah Dastgheib called on the authorities to release Mousavi and Karroubi and their wives, adding that no fair-minded member of the clergy would condone such arrests.

Ayatollah Dastgheib concluded by once again calling on the government to follow the provisions of the constitution and give all political prisoners an unconditional release.

Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani and Ayatollah Montazei's family also offered messages of condolence to the Mousavi family and urged an end to the house arrests.

But Iranian state media has reported no condolence messages on behalf of government figures.

Mir Esmail Mousavi was related to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, and prior to the controversial 2009 presidential elections, Ayatollah Khamenei visited Mir Hossein Mousavi's father.

Yesterday the funeral of Mir Esmail Mousavi was interrupted by security forces, which grabbed the body of the deceased and forced it into an ambulance. The remains were reportedly carried to Tehran's cemetery and buried under strict security.

Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters reported that crowds of people wished to join the funeral procession, but security forces kept them back.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard were reportedly allowed a short visit with the body Wednesday night before the funeral.

A number of people were briefly arrested on Thursday during the funeral.

The Mousavi daughters also report that a commemoration ceremony is being organized for Sunday night and its details will be reported to the public.

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