Monday, 10 December 2012

The Latest from Iran (10 December): Worries over Opposition Leaders Under House Arrest

Mir Hossein Mousavi & Zahra Rahnavard0705 GMT: Kalemeh, linked to detained opposition leader and 2009 Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, expresses its concern over his treatment under strict house arrest.

The website claims that security forces have refused responsibility for providing Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard, also held since 2011, with food for some time, making the family responsible. Mousavi and Rahnavard's relatives complain that they have no means to verify the quantity and quality of food being provided. The family currently hands over food to the security agents at the gate, who then supposedly deliver it to the detainees. 

The couple's daughters have had no contact with their parents, apart from a single phone call, since 20 November.
Mousavi was hospitalised this autumn for a heart condition, and Rahnavard is reportedly suffering from shaking in the hands and the face. Fellow 2009 Presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, also put under house arrest 22 months ago, is also said to be in declining health and was briefly hospitalised earlier this month, according to his son.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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