`Arrests` made at Mousavi father`s funeral: Report

The funeral of Mir Esmaeil, Mousavi`s father who passed away yesterday at the age of 103.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 22:51 PM IST

Tehran: Iranian security forces on Thursday arrested at least seven people at the funeral of the father of reformist opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his website
reported.

The funeral of Mir Esmaeil, Mousavi`s father who passed away yesterday at the age of 103, was disrupted by a huge security presence, Kaleme.com reported.

The website said Mir Esmaeil`s body was taken by officials in plainclothes to an ambulance as mourners had gathered in front of his house, before they protested against the move.

"(Security forces) opted to beat the protesters and arrested at least seven people," the report said.

Mousavi, along with fellow reformist opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi, stood unsuccessfully against hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a 2009 election they say was rigged.

The two continue to oppose his government strongly and have guided a series of protests against him.

Kaleme.com reported a heavy presence of anti-riot and plainclothes police at Behesht Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran, where Mir Esmaeil is expected to be buried.

Rahesabz.net, another website with close ties to Mousavi, said he was allowed to go to his father`s house late Wednesday to say his "last farewell."

According to opposition websites, Mousavi and his wife have been under strict house arrest since February 14, when their supporters held anti-government protests.

Iranian lawmakers and hardline clerics have called for the prosecution of the two opposition leaders, but judiciary officials say Mousavi and Karroubi are, for the time being, in their homes but without access to the outside world.

PTI