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Iran: Concern For Safety Of Detained Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi


Fatemeh Karroubi, the wife of detained opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, has expressed concern over the safety of the building where her husband is being held captive.

Saham News reports that Fatemeh Karroubi told a group of political activists on Sunday: “The building adjacent to where Mehdi Karroubi is being held has been demolished, and while they are raking up a few floors, there is a possibility it could collapse into his building.”

Fatemeh Karroubi emphasized that the security forces are intentionally ignoring her warnings, adding: “Some people are concerned that this may be turning into a setup, which we hope is not true.”

Mehdi Karroubi, an opposition leader and one of the challengers of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the controversial 2009 presidential elections, has been under house arrest now for more than 300 days.

Fatemeh Karroubi says: “The government has taken a significant sum of money from the Karroubi family to put Mehdi Karroubi in an old dilapidated building under solitary confinement.”

Karroubi was first put under house arrest in his own apartment with his wife in February of 2011, but in August, he was transferred to a small one-bedroom apartment.

Fatemeh Karroubi, who was involved in political activity alongside her husband even before the establishment of the Islamic Republic, has criticized the treatment of political prisoners by the Islamic regime and repeatedly maintained that the former regime treated the opposition more humanely.

Fatemeh Karroubi said that ever since she relayed Mehdi Karroubi’s statement regarding the coming parliamentary elections, she has been denied further visits with her husband.

Last month, through his wife, Karroubi denounced the coming elections insisting they are a mere “show” and that the establishment has no regard for the public’s actual vote.

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