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Iran: Deep Concerns Regarding Well-Being Of Opposition Leader And His Wife

Source: Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook

Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard

According to reports from Jaras, as of Tuesday February 15th, 2011 and after Mir Hossein Mousavi published a short statement thanking the noble citizens of Iran for their extensive presence in the February 14th [25 Bahman] rallies [in support of the people of Egypt and Tunisia], Mousavi's residence has been completely surrounded by security officers, and he remains incommunicado. Even his daughters have no news of him and his wife Dr. Zahra Rahnavard. Mr. Mousavi's landlines have been cut off and his security personnel have informed his family that a number of intelligence agents have entered their office and are preventing him from having any communication with the outside world. Mousavi's daughter who attempted to visit with her parents last night witnessed a van at the entrance of their street, making it impossible to enter the street even by foot. Upon complaining to the agents inside the van she was informed that their presence was ordered by Tehran's Prosecutor. The agents have installed antennas around Mousavi's residence making it impossible for mobile phones to have any reception. Despite the fact that 24 hours have passed since Mousavi's house arrest, his close relatives are still unable to contact him. They are not even sure at this time whether Mr. Mousavi and Mrs. Rahnavard are at home, or if they have been transferred to a different location. This lack of information has of course increased concerns about the well being of these two leaders of the Green movement.

 In an interview with a Jaras reporter (Masih Alinejad), Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard's daughters expressed concern regarding the well being of their parents given the recent reports in government owned media outlets and the lack of news regarding their condition.

While emphasizing that there has been no news on the condition and well being of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Dr. Rahnavard in the past 48 hours, their daughters confirmed that in addition to being incommunicado as a result of their telephones being disconnected, the street leading to their residence has been blocked by security vans. Mousavi's children and security personnel have been denied access to his residence and all communication has been cut off in a sudden and very suspicious manner.

Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters stated: "Given the current condition there is much ambiguity regarding their well being. The body guards have been pressured to ensure that there is no contact with family members."

According to Mousavi's family members the individuals inside the van outside Mousavi's residence claim that their orders come from Tehran's prosecutor. It has been reported that no one has been allowed inside the van parked outside of Mousavi's residence. The identity of those inside the van is unknown and it is unclear whether or not they are armed.

Mousavi's family members have stated that the individuals preventing Mousavi's daughters from entering his residence have refused to provide any form of identification nor have they served him with a judgment. To date no government official has taken responsibility for these recent events.

Mousavi's daughters stated: "We are concerned because we have been left completely in the dark. We are unaware of what is going on behind these closed doors and the unimaginable acts being committed against them. We don't know what has happened to Mousavi and Rahnavard. Who is responsible for their protection? We don't even know if our parents are in the house or if they have been moved to another location."

It is worth mentioning that after yesterday's 25th of Bahman demonstrations in Tehran, Ali Larijani head of Iran's Parliament ordered the formation of a committee to "investigate anti revolutionary individuals". During today's parliament session, many MPs were chanting slogans against the reformist leaders demanding that they be executed. 

It is worth mentioning that a few hours ago, after the funeral services of martyr Sane' Zhaleh, an organized group of thugs was seen moving towards the residence of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard. By announcing Mr. Mousavi's home address, a number of pro- government sites have now laid the foundation for the arrival of other plain clothes agents outside their residence.

With special thanks to Banooye Sabz for English translation

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