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Iranian MP calls for justice if opposition leader's daughters were assaulted

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian MP Ali Motahari says that if the daughters of detained opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard have been assaulted, then the intelligence ministry must apologize to the Mousavi family and the people of Iran.

Mousavi's Daughter was bitten by a Guard - cartoon by Mana Neyestani,

Motahari said in an interview with Ghanoon daily that he intends to write to the minister of intelligence and, if no satisfactory response is forthcoming, he will begin procedures for summoning the minister to Parliament.

"We have to identify who the assailant was," Motahari said; "If it is established that the individual is a ministry employee, then that person has to be disciplined and apologies must be rendered."

He added that the families of political prisoners are already under severe strain and should not be subjected to further hardships.

Mousavi and Rahnavard's daughters reported last week that they were assaulted by security personnel at their parents' home. The sisters were visiting their parents, who have been under house arrest for over two years.

In response, the intelligence ministry announced that the Mousavi sisters were in fact the assailants.

Motahari went on to criticize the opposition leaders' situation under house arrest, saying arrest without a trial is illegal and the issue needs to be resolved through fair legal procedures in an open court.

Mousavi, Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi have been under house arrest since February 2011 for challenging the outcome of the 2009 presidential election with allegations of vote fraud.

Khatami slams attack on detained leaders' daughters

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has also expressed serious concern regarding the attack on the daughters of MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, the opposition leaders under house arrest.

The Kaleme website reports that Khatami has said: "We have every hope that by putting an end to the house arrest of MirHosein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard and releasing all political prisoners, all the energy of the country can be concentrated on providing more progress, welfare and peace for our people."

Despite the new administration's promises to seek the release of all political prisoners, Islamic Republic hardliners have shown serious resistance to the release of the opposition leaders.

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