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Iranian Opposition Leader Musavi Back Home After Heart Scare

August 24, 2012

by RFE/RL's Radio Farda

Iranian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Musavi has reportedly been transferred back to his Tehran home following hospitalization one day earlier.

An adviser, Ardeshir Arjomand, told Radio Farda that Musavi's health has improved since he underwent an angiography on August 22 in a Tehran hospital.

The adviser confirmed that the Green Movement leader is now being held at home, where he and his wife have been forced to remain for the past 17 months.

Musavi, an unsuccessful challenger in the fiercely disputed presidential race awarded to Mahmud Ahmadinejad in 2009, has been confined to his home since February 2011.

Musavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, and reformist cleric Mehdi Karrubi were put under house arrest after making a call for a rally in support of the Arab Spring uprisings.

Musavi and Karrubi have accused the Iranian establishment of rigging the 2009 vote and committing human rights abuses in the crackdown that followed massive street protests and other forms of dissent.


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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