[ISN] Iran elections: Regime cracks down on opposition as further unrest looms

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 04:10:22 -0500 (CDT)

By Ian Black, Robert Tait & Mark Tran
17 June 2009 

Iran was braced for a fifth day of unrest today as the government 
intensified its crackdown on opposition figures with the arrest of 
dozens of leading critics and issued a further warning against reporting 
of the protest movement.

Saeed Laylaz, a leading journalist and a critic of government policy 
often quoted by foreign media, was among the latest to be detained, as 
protesters prepared for more demonstrations in Tehran.

"Iranian intelligence and security forces are using the public protests 
to engage in what appears to be a major purge of reform-oriented 
individuals whose situations in detention could be life-threatening," 
said Aaron Rhodes, a spokesman for the International Campaign for Human 
Rights in Iran.

There is also concern for the health of Saeed Hajarian, a former adviser 
to Mohammad Khatami and supporter of the opposition candidate Mir 
Hossein Mousavi, who was arrested yesterday. Hajarian, who was badly 
impaired in both mobility and speech in an assassination attempt nine 
years ago, needs constant medical attention and is unlikely to get it in 
the current circumstances.


There were also unconfirmed reports that Mohammad Asgari, who was 
responsible for the security of the IT network in Iran's interior 
ministry, was killed yesterday in a suspicious car accident in Tehran. 
Asgari had reportedly leaked evidence that the elections were rigged to 
alter the votes from the provinces. Asgari was said to have leaked 
information that showed Mousavi had won almost 19m votes, and should 
therefore be president.


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