Iran issues arrest warrant for ex-president`s son
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 21:02
Tehran: Iranian state radio says an arrest warrant has been issued for the son of influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on charges of fomenting the 2009 postelection unrest.

A report today quotes deputy judiciary chief Ebrhim Raisi as saying the arrest warrant for Mahdi Hashemi has been issued and "he will be detained upon arrival in the country." Hashemi has been in Britain since the summer of 2009.

The presidential election in June of that year set off months of street protests by opposition activists claiming vote fraud. The anger quickly broadened to target Iran's ruling system.

Authorities responded with a harsh crackdown and a mass trial.

The moderate Rafsanjani was president from 1989-97 and appeared to side with critics of last year's election.


First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 21:02

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