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Concern grows over the health of detained Iranian opposition leaders


The daughters of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard report that their parents, who have been under house arrest since February 2011, are now facing new health problems, according to Kalame opposition news website.
The Mousavi daughters are allowed to have brief meetings with their parents in a Ministry of Intelligence facility across from the home of their parents. Mousavi and Rahnavard have been under house arrest for nearly five years and completely cut off from the public after Mousavi challenged the 2009 election results and rallied his supporters to peaceful protests.
Mousavi’s daughters report that their father is now suffering from digestive problems and has lost a great deal of weight. They also told the Kaleme website that the doctors have been providing him with nourishment through an IV.
The Mousavi daughters are concerned that their father’s illness was kept secret from them, Kalame said.
President Rouhani made several promises during his campaign to secure the release of the opposition leaders, but his efforts have been met with serious resistance from conservative forces in the government and, ultimately, ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader.