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Iran's new head of the judiciary says he will prosecute those who torture prisoners
Appointed by the supreme leader, Sadeq Lariani, brother of parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, is considered a close Khamenei ally and a possible conservative alternative to the president. A top revolutionary guard official wants Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi to be put on trial. A cleric calls for Karroubi to be punished with 80 lashes.
Tehran unrest during Ashura leaves 15 dead
Five of the dead belong to the security forces; ten are opposition demonstrators, including a nephew of opposition leader Mousavi. Unrest is reported in many Iranian cities. People are increasingly willing to face live ammunition and truncheons to oppose the dictatorship and Khamenei’s regime. However, the green wave is leaderless; its chiefs appear too hesitant. New demonstrations and clashes are expected today.
Mousavi headquarters raided in Tehran, computers seized
The government noose around pro-reform leader is getting tighter. One of his closest aides is arrested, whilst he is de facto under house arrest. According to his website, “another phase of restrictions has started”.
Iranian elections heat up as outcome remains uncertain
Tensions are rising in Iran after former President Rafsanjani sent a letter to the supreme leader attacking Ahmadinejad. A Revolutionary Guards chief warns reformers whilst the only newspaper openly backing reform-minded Mousavi is shut down. Voting will take place tomorrow and results are expected on Saturday. Outcome is still uncertain.
Under pressure, Ahmadinejad calls for the release of demonstrators in Tehran
About 140 prisoners have already been released. For the past several days the opposition has complained about violence and torture. A prison is shut down on order of Supreme Leader Khamenei. Authorities deny opposition the right to hold a rally to commemorate post-election crackdown victims. Iranian president is attacked by Conservatives for not obeying Khamenei.
Tehran steps up crackdown as protest continues
Mousavi and Kharroubi describe current government as “illegitimate”, call for a strike. Khatami and some ayatollahs back them. The regime threatens to indict Mousavi, shuts down Kharroubi’s newspaper and opens an investigation into doctor who tried to save Neda. Rumours are circulating that some protesters have been hanged. Ahmadinejad cancels trip to African summit.
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