Daughter of Iranian opposition head accuses guard of biting her

October 25, 2013 12:09

DUBAI - Iranian women guards struck the two daughters of reformist opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and bit one of them after they visited their father under house arrest, one of the daughters said on Facebook late on Thursday.

Mousavi, in his 70s and in poor health, has been held under house arrest since early 2011 when he called for marches in solidarity with "Arab Spring" pro-democracy protests.

The election of relative moderate Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president in August and his expressed wish to see all political prisoners released has led to hopes that Mousavi, a former prime minister, and other reformists may soon be freed.

Nargess Mousavi said she and her sister were told they could visit their father and mother, who is also held under house arrest, and have lunch with them on the occasion of the Shi'ite Muslim holy day of Eid al-Ghadeer on Wednesday.

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