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Mousavi Details Alleged Election Fraud in Iran

After a hotly contested election pitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against leading challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, the government declared Ahmadinejad the winner on June 13. Mousavi's supporters took to the streets to protest the results, and were met with harsh security crackdowns.

In an editorial, Shariatmadari, who is also editor in chief of the state newspaper Kayhan, identified Mousavi's main supporters as the United States, Israel, the European Union, Iranian foreign-based opposition groups and domestic "plunderers."

"That corrupt movement has been implementing a foreign mission in order to encourage unlawful activities, kill innocent people, create a rebellion, plunder public property and weaken the power of the Islamic system," he wrote.

Shariatmadari said Mousavi was trying to cover up his "crimes" after saying Wednesday that he still fully backs Iran's system of governance.

"His aim is to escape from definite punishment for the murder of innocent individuals, inciting riots and rebellions, hiring some thugs and ruffians to attack the lives, property and honor of the people, clear collaboration with foreigners, performing the role of the fifth column inside the country, and scores of other undeniable crimes," Shariatmadari wrote.

He called for an open trial of Mousavi and former president Mohammad Khatami, one of Mousavi's main supporters, saying, "They must be tried in an open court in front of the eyes of the oppressed people who demand that the blood of their loved ones should be avenged."

Meanwhile, resistance to the disputed elections continued among religious figures.

Grand Ayatollah Yusuf Saanei, who has supported politicians close to Mousavi and advocates more freedoms for young people, women and ethnic minorities, said Friday that many Iranians remain unconvinced that Ahmadinejad's victory was legitimate and urged authorities to safeguard rights.

"I remind you that no instruction or command can be a permission or excuse to violate people's rights, and this could be a great sin," he said.

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