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Detained Iranian Opposition Leader Transferred To His Own House


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since February of 2011, has been allowed to be transferred to his home in Jamaran, where he will remain under house arrest. Saham News reported on Saturday February 1 that Karroubi was returned to his own home after three years.

Karroubi's sons have been quoted as saying that in fact their father's house arrest starts from this day because prior to this he was being held in a so-called safe house of the intelligence ministry. His family was relentless in complaining about the poor conditions of those accommodations. A lack of fresh air and adequate sunlight triggered various health complications for Karroubi.

Mohammad Hossein Karroubi had said that his father had to undergo four surgeries in a span of eight months.

Karroubi's sons have repeatedly called for their father to be given an official trial so that he might have a chance to defend himself in public.

Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, who were candidates in the 2009 presidential election, were put under house arrest for challenging the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the elections and questioning the vote count.

The two candidates have been cut off from the public since 2011, and although no official charges have been laid against them, the establishment has referred to them as leaders of sedition.

Since February 2011, Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karroubi (candidates in June 2009 Presidentail Elections), as well as Musavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, have been under house arrest, completely cut off from the outside world.


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Iran's Karroubi transferred to his home in northern Tehran

Former Iranian presidential hopeful Mehdi Karroubi who was under house arrest following presidential elections in 2009 due to his protest against vote results was transferred to his home in Jamaran neighborhood, northern Tehran, from a house in which he used to be kept.

"Mr. Mehdi Karroubi was transferred to his home in Jamaran along with security officials," Hossein Karroubi, his son told ISNA.

The initial steps for his transfer started 10 days ago and it was conducted last night, he said, adding Karroubi is now living in the second floor of his apartment along with security guards residing in a separate suite. He further added that the security conditions under which he is kept has not changed.

Relatives and friends of Mr. Karroubi could visit him every few months prior to his transfer, but now the situation has changed and he can receive visitors once in a week. His wife Fatemeh Karroubi has no limitation for visits.


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