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Hard-line cleric calls for Mousavi arrest

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Iranian reformist leaders such as one-time presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi should be arrested, a senior hard-line cleric says.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of Iran's powerful ultraconservative Guardian Council, said Mousavi, fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi and others who dispute the legitimacy of election results giving a second term to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be arrested and put on trial, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

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Supporters of Mousavi claimed the June presidential election was rigged against him, triggering a widespread wave of rioting that Iranian officials said killed 20 people. Unofficial sources say as many as 250 people died in the riots, which were followed by a crackdown by pro-government Basiji militias.

The Times said Jannati reiterated unproven claims that some Basiji members were killed by protesters.

"Why haven't the leaders of riots and those who everyone knows touched off the plots been arrested?" he asked.

The newspaper said Ahmadinejad and members of the hard-line Revolutionary Guards have been pushing for the arrests of Mousavi and other Iranian reformers.

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