Khamenei says those who claimed fraud during 2009 elections should apologize
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 29/ Trend N. Umid, S. Isayev
Those who claimed fraud during the 2009 presidential elections in Iran, should apologize, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, IRNA reported.
Khamenei made the remarks during the Sunday meeting with Iranian students in Tehran.
He underscored that some people in private claim that there was no fraud during the 2009 elections, while in public they say differently.
"Why did those who claimed fraud, went to the streets, causing people to protest? We asked them repeatedly, not in public, but privately, to handle this matter, in a way so they could respond," Khamenei said. "If they say in private meetings that there was no fraud, then why they blame the post- 2009 election situation on the country?"
Khamenei also underlined the "bloody and chaotic situation in some regional countries", adding that "had God not helped, the people would have fought each other, leading Iran into chaos".
"Some people stood against the law and made illegal actions during those incidents," he added.
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 shot and killed dozens of people and thousands were arrested.
Currently, both Mousavi and Karroubi remain under house arrest, until further notice from the government.