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COUNTRIES: IRAN: GOVERNMENT: Iran Hardliners Want Mousavi Prosecuted

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COUNTRIES: IRAN: GOVERNMENT:
Iran Hardliners Want Mousavi Prosecuted



Iran Hardliners Want Mousavi Prosecuted
Thu Jul 2, 2009 5:46am EDT
Reuters
<http://www.reuters.com/article/gc08/idUSTRE56034R20090702>



TEHRAN (Reuters) - A group of hardline Iranian members of parliament want
the judiciary to prosecute defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein
Mousavi over post-election unrest that rocked the Islamic Republic last
month.

"Those who hold illegal rallies and gatherings should be legally pursued,"
MP Mohammad Taghi Rahbar was quoted as saying by the hardline Javan
newspaper on Thursday.

It said Rahbar was among several MPs preparing to write to the judiciary
complaining about Mousavi's activities after the disputed June 12
election. It did not say how many lawmakers backed the petition.

In another sign of mounting hardline pressure, state television said a
student branch of the pro-government Basij militia, which helped police
suppress pro-Mousavi street protests, had urged the attorney-general to
take him to court.

Basij students accused him of "inciting his supporters to take to the
streets to stage protests" and "undermining national security,"
English-language Press TV said on its website.

The authorities have blamed Mousavi, a moderate former prime minister who
says the poll was rigged in favor of hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, for violence in which at least 20 people were killed. Mousavi
says the authorities were responsible for the bloodshed.

Hardline Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami urged the judiciary on Friday to
charge the leading "rioters" as "mohareb," or people who wage war against
God.

Mousavi and another losing candidate, pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi,
again denounced the election result on Wednesday and said Ahmadinejad's
next cabinet would be illegitimate.




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