Prosecutor: Iranian opposition leaders under house arrest must “repent”

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will remain under house arrest until they "repent", Iran's prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei said, Iranian Fars news agency reported on Feb. 11.

Karroubi and Mousavi have been under house arrest since 2011 due to protests against the 2009 disputed presidential election.

In 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as president of Iran for the second straight term, the opposition leaders protested the decision, which later resulted in massive protests across Iran, in particular in Tehran. Many people were arrested and thrown into prisons.

Mohseni Ejei accused the opposition leaders of "destruction of public property", claiming that they are also responsible for the people killed.

"Their house arrest will not be lifted before they agree to repent," he added.

"Some people are pointlessly trying to lift the house arrests, but their efforts will not lead to any result," the prosecutor underlined.

On Dec. 29, 2013 Iranian influential MP, Ali Motahari urged the judiciary to end the house arrests of Mousavi and Karroubi and put them on trial.

"The protracted house arrests are without trial and lack of legal or religious justification," Motahari said. He also repeated his request on the simultaneous open trial of Mousavi, Karoubi and ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Earlier, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakh, spokesman for Iran's administration said the administration of President Hassan Rouhani is pursuing the release of the jailed opposition leaders as well as political prisoners.

Edited by C.N.

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