Iran opposition leaders 'barred' from travel abroad

Iran's opposition leaders are barred from leaving the country, a prominent conservative lawmaker said Saturday.

Iran opposition leaders 'barred' from travel abroad

Iran's opposition leaders are barred from leaving the country, a prominent conservative lawmaker said Saturday.

The comments by Mousa Qorbani, a member of the Judicial Committee in parliament, were the first official word of a travel ban on the top opposition figures, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi — who both ran in the disputed 2009 presidential elections — as well as former reformist president Mohammad Khatami.

Qorbani said authorities had "recognized" that Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami are "mohareb" — a term meaning that they are "fighting God."

"Therefore, they are barred from leaving," Qorbani was quoted by the state TV-run Youth Journalists Club as saying Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets in the aftermath of the election in support of Mousavi but their peaceful protest was crushed by government forces.

The opposition says more than 80 demonstrators were killed in the turmoil, while the government puts the death toll at 30.


Agencies

Last Mod: 26 Aralık 2010, 18:20
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