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Iran Denies Arresting Opposition Leader's Daughter

February 11, 2013

Iran’s security forces detained two daughters of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Kaleme website said. The judiciary said they were only summoned for questioning and aren’t under arrest.

Kaleme, an opposition website, said security forces detained Zahra and Narges Mousavi after raiding their home this morning and searching it for several hours.

The judiciary spokesman’s office said they were “summoned to provide some explanations and will be able to return home in the next hour.”

The two women released a statement earlier this year calling for the freeing of their parents, who they said were held against their “legal and human” rights, Kaleme reported on Jan. 7. The letter was co-signed by the children of Mehdi Karrubi, another opposition leader. The women haven’t met with their parents for more than three months, Kaleme said today.

Mousavi and Karrubi ran in the 2009 election against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and lost amid fraud allegations that sparked street protests.

Mousavi, a former prime minister has been under house arrest along with his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, for nearly two years. Karrubi, a former parliamentary speaker, has had a similar fate. Iranian authorities accuse them of being backed by foreign powers and attempting to undermine the Islamic Republic.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran via Dubai at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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