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Karroubi's Son: Iranian Regime Afraid of Green Movement Return

Speaking days before the second anniversary of his father’s detention, Mohammad Karroubi urges the Obama administration and the international community to focus more on Iran’s poor record on human rights but expresses optimism about upcoming nuclear talks which, he hopes, will lead to easing of economic sanctions.
Iran's presidential election candidates Mehdi Karoubi (R) and Mirhossein Mousavi embrace after a TV debate in Tehran June 7, 2009. Iranians vote on June 12 in an election that pits hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against two moderate challengers and one fellow conservative. REUTERS/IRIB (IRAN POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR24F76

On Friday, Feb. 15 it will be two years since the Iranian government deprived two former pillars of the system — former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and former parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi — of their freedom of movement.

The two leaders of what became known as the Green Movement after the fraud-tainted 2009 presidential elections remain in legal limbo — not formally charged with any crime — yet isolated from society by a regime that is under growing pressure from within and outside the country.

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