Report: Iran arrests brother of ex-president

February 11, 2010 10:49


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An Iranian Web site on Thursday said authorities arrested the brother of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his wife, the grand-daughter of the Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The report by the pro-reform Rahesabz Web site could not be independently confirmed, but the site has been credible in the past. It said Mohammad Reza Khatami and his wife, Zahra Eshraghi, were in custody Thursday. It gives no other details. It would rank among the most high-profile detentions by authorities, who have waged a massive crackdown before events Thursday marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Low-level clashes were reported around Teheran, including an attack on the car of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi.

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