Iran lawmakers urge death for opposition leaders

Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:05pm GMT

By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian lawmakers called for the death penalty on Tuesday for opposition leaders they accused of fomenting unrest after a rally in which a least one person was killed and dozens were wounded, state media said.

Clashes broke out on Monday between security forces and protesters when thousands rallied in sympathy for popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia on Monday. They revived mass protests that shook Iran after a presidential vote in 2009.

"(Opposition leaders) Mehdi Karroubi and Mirhossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried," the official IRNA news agency quoted members of parliament as saying in a statement. The statement was signed by 222 lawmakers out of 290.

Being "corrupt on earth" is a charge which has been levelled at political dissidents in the past. It is a capital offence.

A spokesman for the Islamic republic's judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, said: "Those who created public disorder on Monday will be confronted firmly and immediately."

One member of parliament, Kazem Jalali, was quoted by the student news agency ISNA as saying two people died in Monday's events, one of whom was shot dead.

A group of hardline Iranians, including students and clerics, planned to stage a sit-in outside a Tehran judiciary complex on Tuesday, demanding "immediate trial of Karroubi and Mousavi," the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

It also said hardline students protested against Mousavi and Karroubi in various universities in Tehran.   Continued...

<p>Members of the Iranian parliament shout slogans calling for the execution of opposition leaders before the start of their session in Tehran February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Raouf Mohseni/Mehr News/Handout</p>
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