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Sweden raps Iran envoy over opposition arrests

AFP/The Local · 2 Mar 2011, 13:23

Published: 02 Mar 2011 13:23 GMT+01:00

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Ambassador Rasoul Eslami "was called in to the foreign ministry today. Sweden wanted to present him with its objections to the arrest of two opposition leaders in Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Sven Kullberg told AFP.

"The ambassador did not provide any satisfactory answers during this meeting with the cabinet secretary (Frank Belfrage), so Sweden will follow up this issue very closely," he added.

Belfrage himself told the TT news agency after the meeting that "we are very concerned about developments of the human rights situation in Iran".

Family members of the two opposition leaders have said on their websites that Mousavi, Karroubi and their wives had been transferred to Tehran's Heshmatiyeh jail from their residences in the Iranian capital.

Iran however denies they have been detained with Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi insisting Wednesday the two men were still "in their homes".

The families meanwhile indicated no one was at the men's homes, which they said had been left in the dark, or appeared to be vacant.

Mousavi and Karroubi, who lost to hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election, strongly oppose his government and have since guided a string of protests against his rule.

On February 14, the two had sought to stage a rally in support of Arab uprisings, but their supporters quickly turned it into the first anti-government demonstration in a year.

The ensuing clashes between protesters and security forces left two people dead and several wounded.

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Similar protests, but in scattered forms, were also carried out on February 20 and again on Tuesday, although these were largely quelled by a massive presence of security forces.

The latest demonstrations have infuriated regime-backers, with lawmakers even demanding Mousavi and Karroubi be hanged, while officials moving in to completely isolate them.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:38 March 2, 2011 by dockmandock
Sweden and other countries should not have diplomatic relations with the Iranian government. They are little better than medieval brutes.
15:39 March 2, 2011 by star10
Sweden as a tiny country should shut up. If it can do anything, it is only through the EU. Otherwise, no goverment gives a dam to waht Sweden does. Sweden can't even push the tiny poor Eritrean dictator (for the release of Swede-Eritrean journalist), let alone the oil-rich and more powerful Iranian Ayatolah.
16:06 March 2, 2011 by BigBro
To Star10: It can do many things. It can help those people who are fighting for democracy in Iran and it can make other countries think about similar actions.

To The Local: Please at least change the word election to disputed election on this sentence: "Mousavi and Karroubi, who lost to hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election, strongly oppose his government and have since guided a string of protests against his rule." It's not fair!
17:28 March 2, 2011 by Just_Kidding
Bra, tack!
19:12 March 2, 2011 by Syftfel
Iran's rabid islamic leadership again shines a bright light on the incompatibility between it, and the civilized world, and why we all must condemn the virus of radical islam. Let these, Allah's Avengers, stay in their filthy dog pound. Sweden should do more than "rap" the envoy. She should show him the door. I don't think any decent person in the West thinks that their perversion of a society is an acceptable life form.
21:38 March 2, 2011 by Pelle8
Another morbid of the government.

Sweden was and still is the safe home for Murderer/ Rebels/thieves, Especially and really obscurely they accepted members of a Terrorist Group " Mujahedin Khalgh- Monafeghin" this group tortured/ killed even women and kids in Iran, then they got open arms in Sweden with happy life here.( they still active, and sometimes they attack Iranian embassy, causing diplomatic pressure on our government.

And about opposition leader, Now in Iran they lost huge majority of their fans, as it is clear that the election was totally correct. Just in last month Opposition Leaders asked fans several times to make demonstrations, but nothing happened, almost no one cared except some with vivid objectives, Opposition leaders have virtual fans on Facebook and some american-oriented media only.The current president Ahmadi-nejad, when he goes to different cities, he gets welcomes rallies more than millions in every single city, and there is no news of Green Movement. I guess no one will walk on Tehran streets if Iranian government execute those two guys, The VELVET revolution failed ! it seems democracy in Iran is so real and we are being bombarded with false news and ads.

and I think Swedish government is still acting like an ignorant kid.
23:21 March 2, 2011 by rise
@ star10

And what are you - some Iranian refuge who've come to live on Swedish tax payers and then insult them?
02:16 March 3, 2011 by underskyofsweden
The political reaction of Swedish government is most welcome and appreciated by Iranian people but unfortunately it was resulted just some days after official protestation of 5 Iranian parties and associations against unjustifiable silence of foreign minister of Sweden! It could be done earlier than this!
07:49 March 3, 2011 by Zhorka
It's not Sweden's business to poke its nose into Iran's internal affairs.
11:57 March 3, 2011 by underskyofsweden

Yes.Maybe you are right! It should not be expected more than this from the most neutral and timid country in the world!
14:32 March 4, 2011 by Syftfel
I disagree. I think it is very much Western nations' business to poke their noses in Iran's internal affairs. Sweden, and most Western nations, after all are civilized, democratic coountries observing a minimum of human rights and decorum. Iran is a theocratic nation driven by religious,. nartrow minded, fanatics, has no human rights, and where the whip is being cracked by simple minded mullahs spreading their islamic doctrine by force and intimidation. In the interestb of world peace, Iran needs to be taught a lesson!
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