Iran General NewsIran frees Mousavi aide, human rights lawyer: report

Iran frees Mousavi aide, human rights lawyer: report

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ImageAFP: Iran has freed a close aide to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and a prominent lawyer who belongs to Nobel prize winner Shirin Ebadi's rights group, the ILNA news agency reported on Sunday. ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has freed a close aide to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and a prominent lawyer who belongs to Nobel prize winner Shirin Ebadi's rights group, the ILNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Alireza Beheshti, the aide, was freed on Saturday night, ILNA said.

He was arrested on Tuesday following a raid on his office, which was set up to probe alleged post-vote prisoners' abuse.

ILNA also said that lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was freed on Sunday after posting bail of five billion rials (500,000 dollars).

Dadkhah, who is a founder of the Human Rights Defenders Centre headed by Ebadi, was arrested in early July amid a crackdown on critics and opposition supporters.

Iran has jailed scores of reformists, journalists and rights activists in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed June 12 re-election.

The opposition charged that the poll was massively rigged, sparking week-long street protests during which thousands were arrested and dozens of other people killed.

Defeated reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi has also charged that several protesters were raped in custody, but Iranian judiciary on Saturday rejected the allegations as baseless and called for action against Karroubi.

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