As contradictory news about the house arrest or imprisonment of the two Iranian opposition leaders, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, is reported and circulated, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the two political dissidents are no longer under house arrest and have been moved to a “safe house” in an area close to Tehran. The source denied earlier news published on a number of news websites about physical abuse of the two leaders as reported by some sources earlier. He added that Mousavi and Karroubi’s detention location is not a prison.
No official source has yet assumed responsibility for the unofficial arrests of the two reformist leaders. Additionally, in an unprecedented move, the two dissidents were arrested secretly without being summoned or charged, and their contact with the outside world was severed. Some reports received by the Campaign indicate that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is responsible for the detention of the two political dissidents.
While it was reported that one of the opposition leaders, Mehdi Karroubi, was under arrest inside his home, a few hours ago one of his neighbors told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there are no security forces present on Karroubi’s street any longer. “I am certain that they are no longer inside their home. All the windows are broken and nobody is home,” his neighbor told the Campaign.
Describing the residential complex in which Karroubi lives, the source added, “Because there are many foreign embassies in the Farmanieh area’s North Dibaji neighborhood, usually there is very high security in that area; the police make routine rounds. Many authorities live in homes in this area. Last night and today, Karroubi’s home was extremely quiet and vacant of any government forces, and unlike previous days, no forces were in sight.”
“Considering Karroubi’s home is located in such an area, dense with embassies, during recent days plainclothes forces threw acoustic bombs into their home on several occasions without any restrictions from the police. They disrupted their neighbors’ peace and nobody could do anything about it either. Yesterday, the street was swarming with forces from the police station, but there was nothing going on today. There is a rumor going around town that they have been arrested,” the local source told the Campaign.
Previously, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard’s daughters reported in an open letter that the lights to their parents’ home had not been turned on for three consecutive nights. An eye witness in Tehran’s Pastor neighborhood, where Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard live, also told the Campaign that no comings and goings into the house on Akhtar Alley have been observed, not even for delivering food items. Iron bars were installed on the alley leading to the couple’s home last week, barring any traffic into and out of their property.
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran