Iran arrests son of prominent conservative cleric: Report

Iran has arrested Mehdi Khazali, the son of a prominent conservative cleric.

Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 16:14 PM IST

Tehran: Iran has arrested Mehdi Khazali, the
son of a prominent conservative cleric who has been fiercely critical of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an opposition website said.

Khazali is being held on charges of "acting against
national security and disturbing public opinion" after being
interrogated at the capital`s notorious Evin prison, the
opposition website Rahesabz reported late yesterday.

A medical doctor and veteran of the 1980-88 war with
Iraq, Khazali is the son of Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali, a
long-serving member of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical
body which oversees the work of supreme leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei.

Khazali has frequently poked fun at Ahmadinejad and his
allies on his widely read blog, criticism which he intensified
after his disqualification from standing as a candidate in
parliamentary elections in 2008.
His father has disavowed his negative commentaries.

Khazali was also arrested last year as part of the
government`s crackdown on the wave of mass street protests
that greeted official results giving Ahamdinejad victory in a
June presidential election. He was later released on bail.
Khazali was among scores of reformist politicians,
journalists, human rights campaigners and student activists
detained in the crackdown.

PTI