IRAN TURMOIL

Iranian forces arrest sister of Nobel laureate Ebadi and relative of Mousavi

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

TEHRAN-- Iranian security forces have limited the movements of a leading opposition figure by refusing to protect him when he leaves his home, his son said Tuesday, as authorities broadened their crackdown with a new wave of arrests that included Noushin Ebadi, the sister of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, and the brother-in-law of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Taghi Karroubi said guards assigned to his father, Mehdi Karroubi, stopped providing security for him Monday, apparently on police orders. The measure means that the elder Karroubi cannot go outside safely, his son said, describing the situation as "quasi house arrest."

Iran's worst internal violence in three decades has turned increasingly bitter in the wake of clashes Sunday in which at least eight people were killed.

-- Associated Press


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