Iran opposition leaders arrested: Websites

Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been arrested along with their wives and jailed at Tehran`s Heshmatiyeh prison, their websites reported on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 09:59 AM IST

Tehran: Iranian opposition leaders Mir
Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been arrested along
with their wives and jailed at Tehran`s Heshmatiyeh prison,
their websites reported on Tuesday.

The two had been under house arrest after judiciary
chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said earlier this month they
had committed "treason" and MPs demanded they be hanged.
"Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and their
wives, have been arrested and were transfered to the
Heshmatiyeh prison of Tehran," Mousavi`s website Kaleme.com
reported.

"According to credible sources, the arrest and the
transfer to jail is sure but the date when it occurred is
still uncertain," Kaleme.com said.

Iranian authorities had put Karroubi and Mousavi and
their wives under "complete" house arrest after their
supporters staged anti-government protests on February 14,
their websites had said in previous reports.

News of their alleged arrest came after prosecutor
general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie warned in statements
earlier today the opposition movement against plans to hold
protests tomorrow.
"Anyone who acts against the law will be dealt with,"
the prosecutor general was quoted as saying on the website of
state television in reference to a call for protests aimed at
demanding Mousavi and Karroubi`s release from house arrest.

Mousavi and Karroubi led a string of protests in Iran
after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in June 2009 amid allegations the vote was rigged.

PTI