Ahmadinejad: Prosecute opposition leaders over post-election turmoil

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August 28, 2009 17:14

 
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called for the leaders of the opposition to be prosecuted over Iran's post-election turmoil, stepping up pressure against the pro-reform movement that says he won the election by fraud. It was the first time Ahmadinejad has made such a call, publicly siding with hard-line politicians and clerics and commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard who have demanded in recent weeks that opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and his top allies be arrested. Ahmadinejad took an even tougher line than his top ally, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who earlier this week said he saw no evidence that opposition leaders were tools of Iran's foreign enemies, a claim that hard-liners have made. The differing stances suggest there are divisions within Iran's leadership over how far to take to heavy crackdown against the opposition since the disputed June 12 presidential election.

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