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Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi are the opposition leaders in Iran.
Some sources say they were detained,along with their wives Zahra Rahnavard and Fatemeh Karroubi, under house arrest in their respective homes in Tehran with the charge to have called for demonstrations in the Iranian capital after the recent uprising in Tunisia and Egypt.
Their houses were under surveillance and they were kept in complete isolation, completely cut off from the outside world. Now their disappearance is a mystery. The sources give different versions of the story.
According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHR), Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi were moved from their homes and taken to an unknown location. Iranian government officials deny that the men had been taken. “The two are currently in their homes and there have only been restrictions on their contacts”, an unnamed government official said.
Debkafile‘s Iranian sources reveal that both have been secretly jailed at the ill-famed Parchin prison.
The night on February 24th, they were taken from their Tehran homes, beaten, hidden in large sacks and carried in armoured police vehicles to one of the most Iran’s infernal prisons. Also their wives have disappeared,no one knows where they have been moved.
They were seized so suddenly that their fellow activists couldn’t even think about it,they thought they were still at home under protracted house arrest. But then they discovered that the Moussavi and Karroubi residences were empty and dark, and their families nowhere around. Also the guards were gone.
The Parchin top security prison is reserved for either the most audacious regime’s political and ideological dissidents, the spies accused of threatening Iranian state security and foreign prisoners of the regime. Situated really close to Iran’s most secret nuclear laboratories, the prison’s vicinity is one of the most heavily guarded sections of Tehran. The prisoners of Parchin are rarely seen again.
Some sources report Moussavi and Karroubi must have been seriously weakened by enforced hunger while still under house arrest. They and their wives were obliged to eat only the food supplied by their guards, but it seems that they refused for fear of been poisoned. Their relatives sent various letters to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to express concern about their state of health, they also complaint because they weren’t allowed to visit them and nobody could see them. They never got an answer.
The reformist Sayed Mohammad Khatami is asking for their release since they were held in their residences and he is also posting on his website calls for protests in the key squares and streets of Tehran and provincial cities against the violation of the human rights of the two opposition’s leaders.
The authorities oppose the protests. Officials have branded anyone who supports Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi as “anti-revolutionary”. During the demonstrations of February 14th there were thousands of supporters of the two opposition leaders to fill the streets of Tehran. At least two persons died in the clashes with security forces and around 1,500 people were detained according to what the opposition groups said. Official figures say that the right number is 150. The Iranian MPs calls for the execution of the opposition leaders.
The Iranian state ignores voluntarily the duty of informing the country and also the world. The destiny of the two opposition figures and of their wives remains obscure.