Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 21 / Trend, N. Umid, S. Isayev
Those who did not commit any charges during the 2009 presidential election protests, can come back to Iran, Iranian Intelligence Minister, Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi said, Iranian IRIB 1 State TV reported.
He went on to note that, Iran's administration would ensure that they would not face any security problems.
The political crackdown following the 2009 election protests is said to have created a spreading refugee exodus of elite Iranians.
A report by the International Monetary Fund in 2009 indicated that Iran tops the list of countries losing their academic elite, with an annual loss of 150,000 to 180,000 specialists. It's equivalent to a capital loss of $50 billion.
At Iran's 10th presidential election, held on June 12, 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad run against three other candidates.
IRNA news agency reported the next morning that Ahmadinejad won the election, thus becoming Iran's president for the second term.
After the elections, opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a statement and called their supporters to protest the decision.
The reformists of the opposition during the 2009 presidential elections, said that there was vote fraud during Ahmadinejad's win, who won the elections with the help from IRGC and Basij Civil Forces.
Massive protests against the outcome of the election were met with fierce repressions, during which security forces killed dozens of people and thousands more were arrested.
Currently, both Mousavi and Karroubi remain under house arrest, until further notice from the government.
As of 2010, there are an estimated four to five million Iranians living abroad, mostly in North America, Europe, Persian Gulf States, Turkey, Australia and the broader Middle East.
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