Iran’s President Calls for Arrest of Opposition Leaders

August 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Iran President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke before Friday Prayers, calling for the the prosecution of opposition leaders who protested against the fraudulent election results that led to Ahmadinejad’s reelection. More than 100 protesters are currently on trial for their role in the public demonstrations against the election results.

Ahmadinejad didn’t name names, but there is no question he was referring to opposition leaders, such as defeated presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi as well as former president Mohammad Khatami.

“Serious confrontation has to be against the leaders and key elements, against those who organized and provoked (the riots) and carried out the enemy’s plan. They have to be dealt with seriously,” said Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad described the protesters on trial, as “deceived” into taking part in protests and called for them to be treated with “Islamic mercy.”

“These deceived and second-hand elements have to be dealt with Islamic mercy. Don’t give immunity and protection to the main elements and punish the deceived and second-hand elements,” said Ahmadinejad.

The president admitted that some of the detainees were abused in prison, but blamed the abuse on “Iran’s enemies.” A number of those arrested have been beaten to death in prison.

The opposition claim at least 69 people were killed by the government crackdown on the protesters, but the government says only 30 people died during the demonstrations.

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