Detained Iranian opposition leader hospitalized
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was hospitalized due to several health problems.
Karroubi's wife, Fatemeh Karroubi said that the leading opposition figure, under house arrest since 2011, was hospitalized following the escalation of his health problems, Iranian Sahamnews, the official Web site of Karroubi's party, Etemad-e Melli (National Trust party) reported Sept. 23.
Karroubi suffers of "internal and digestive" problems, Fatemeh Karroubi said, adding " during the past four weeks, he was suffering physical weakness, as well as from severe knee pain and herpes zoster."
Since 2011 Karroubi was hospitalized several times due to health problems.
The 77-year-old opposition leader's family says that his bad conditions under arrest is the major reason for intensified heath problems.
It should be noted that Mir Hossein Mousavi, another detained opposition leader was transferred to an eye clinic on Sept. 20 and underwent eye surgery. The surgery was reportedly successful.
Mousavi and Karroubi have been under house arrest since 2011 due to protests against the 2009 disputed presidential election.
In 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran for the second term, the opposition leaders protested the decision, which later resulted in massive protests across Iran, in particular in Tehran. Many people were arrested.
Iranian hardliners argue that the opposition leaders should remain under house arrest until they "repent."
In mid-March the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of not fulfilling campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and called for the release of political prisoners in Iran including Karroubi and Mousavi.