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Iranian rights lawyer summoned by Intelligence Ministry: husband

DUBAI (Reuters) - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been summoned by Iran's Intelligence Ministry for questioning, her husband's Facebook page said, days after a video of her voicing support for what she called prisoners of conscience was posted online. Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, said his wife had ignored the summons, made in a telephone call on Sunday, because she considered it "illegal".

Iran's judiciary calls on opposition leaders to 'repent'

Iran's prosecutor general said Tuesday that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will remain under house arrest over anti-government protests until they "repent", Fars news agency reported. Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011, accused of orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said they had committed a "great crime and treason".

Iran's judiciary says opposition leaders must 'repent'

Iran's prosecutor general said Tuesday that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will remain under house arrest over anti-government protests until they "repent," Fars news agency reported. Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011, accused of orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said they had committed a "great crime and treason."

Iran's opposition leader transferred to his home

Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi, detained for three years at a safe house for orchestrating anti-government protests, has been moved home but still kept under house arrest, his son said Sunday. Karroubi and fellow opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011 for orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Karroubi "was transferred to his home last night," his son, Hossein Karroubi told ISNA news agency.

Iran's opposition leader transferred to his home

Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi, detained for three years at a safe house for orchestrating anti-government protests, has been moved home but still kept under house arrest, his son said Sunday. Karroubi and fellow opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and Karroubi have been held incommunicado under separate house arrests since February 2011 for orchestrating massive, unprecedented street protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in 2009. Karroubi "was transferred to his home last night," his son, Hossein Karroubi told ISNA news agency.

Ex-nuclear negotiator close to Rouhani back in Iran

A former nuclear negotiator close to President Hassan Rouhani who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008 for actions against "national security" has returned to Iran, media reported Tuesday. "I have returned to Iran to stay," Hossein Moussavian told reporters Monday at the funeral for the mother of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the IRNA news agency. Moussavian was the spokesman for Iran's negotiating team when it was headed by Rouhani from 2003-2005.

Tolerance can resolve Iran political prisoner issue

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told university students Saturday that tolerance could resolve the issue of political prisoners, as some of them chanted for opposition leaders under house arrest to be freed. "My government is committed to the promises it has made to the people, but we need to create internal consensus to achieve the objectives," Rouhani told students at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.

Former Iran president urges release of all political prisoners

DUBAI (Reuters) - Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami called for all political prisoners in Iran to be freed following a decision to pardon 80 people in an easing of the Islamic Republic's strict security policies. The pardons were in keeping with moderate President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to loosen a repressive security grip that Iranians say has been prevalent since the 2009 re-election of his hardline conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Outburst abruptly ends Iranian president-elect's news conference

DUBAI (Reuters) - The first news conference held by Iran's president-elect Hassan Rohani ended suddenly on Monday when a man in the audience sprang up and shouted a slogan in favor of reformist leader Mirhossein Mousavi, held under house arrest since 2011. "Rohani remember, Mirhossein must be (present)," the man shouted live on state television as security guards bundled him away. Rohani left the dais and state television cut to scenes of people voting and music. (Writing by Jon Hemming; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Insight: Ahead of vote, 'kidnapped' Iran reformists imprisoned at home

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Four years after Iranians took to the streets to demonstrate against the results of a presidential election, the authorities are taking no chances this time, keeping opposition leaders confined under house arrest with doors and windows welded shut. When Iran elects a new president on Friday, authorities are determined to prevent a repeat of the street unrest that posed the biggest challenge to the Islamic Republic's ruling system since its birth in the 1979 revolution.
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