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Fri 24 Jul 2009 09:29 AM

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Mousavi's brother-in-law under arrest in Iran - sister

Zahra Rahnavard's brother among hundreds rounded up by Iran authorities.

Mousavi's brother-in-law under arrest in Iran - sister
IRAN WATCH: Rahnavard said her brother, Shahpour Kazemi, 62, had been arrested more than a month ago. (Getty Images)

Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, said on Thursday her brother is among hundreds rounded up by the authorities in the aftermath of disputed elections.

Rahnavard said her brother, Shahpour Kazemi, 62, had been arrested more than a month ago and that all efforts to secure his release have failed, the ILNA news agency reported.

She warned the Iranian authorities not to publish any "forced confessions" from her arrested brother, a communications engineer.

"I say that if you force out confessions from engineer Kazemi or publish hundreds of papers against him, neither I nor our people will believe any of it," she said.

Despite a severe post-poll crackdown on his supporters, Mousavi has remained defiant in protesting against Ahmadinejad's re-election, calling it a "shameful fraud."

Some top hardline officials have said a number of detainees have confessed to being in the service of enemies abroad to fuel the post-election protests.

The charge has been vehemently denied by the opposition, which says the confessions have been obtained under torture or duress.

"We have tried all legal and peaceful means to try to win the release of (Kazemi) and other detainees," Rahnavard said, adding that she was speaking out now because allegations have been made against her brother.

She said her brother is not a political figure and that "allegations of provoking riots or connections to foreigners ... are unimaginable."

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Tehran after last month's election to demonstrate against Ahmadinejads victory, and in the ensuing violence at least 20 people were killed.

The massive outpouring of public protest has shaken the pillars of the Islamic republic and triggered its worst crisis since the 1979 revolution. (Reuters)

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michael farley 11 years ago

It is time that the Mullah's puppet regime understand that it is not only the west who are fed up with their dictatorial ways of government,but the brave Iranian people have made their own discussion to fight for their rights without needing the Wests intervention. this regime must change.