Mehdi Karroubi: Prisoner of the day

Former Parliament Speaker under house arrest

Guardian: It's the Iranian news year, Nowruz and the country is off work for almost two weeks. New clothes have been put on, and children rewarded with cash. Many people are making family visits, a crucial part of the Nowruz tradition.

Meanwhile, the opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, who was placed under house arrest in February 2011, was allowed to meet his family for the first time in four months.

According to his son, Hossein Karroubi, who posted the news of the visit on his Facebook account, the meeting was the first time the family had met Karroubi without the physical presence of the security forces since he was arrested. The meeting lasted 12 hours, and took place at the house where he is being held.

Sahamnews, a news website run by the supporters of Karroubi, reported that he had brought up to date with developments in the news, especially those concerning the parliamentary elections, held on 2 March. Karroubi is cut off from independent news sources.

The news about Karroubi comes after several activists and journalists were given temporary leave from prison for the Nowruz holiday. Journalist Ali Mousavi Khalkhali, singer Arya Aramnejad, activist Mehdi Khazali and Parvin Mokhtarea, the mother of human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi, were among those let out of prison for Nowruz. There was no news on whether Mir Hossein Mousavi, another opposition leader, had been given prison leave.

But many political prisoners, including the student activist Zia Nabavi. were denied Nowruz prison leave. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), a US-based non-government organisation, said the authorities in the country had refused to give leave to political prisoners.

"Judicial authorities have refused to grant furloughs to a large number of political prisoners," reported the ICHRI. "Many banned from visiting their families believe the selective granting of furloughs is a means of applying more pressure on prisoners and their families. While some prisoners are regularly granted furlough, a number of prominent political prisoners, including Zia Nabavi, have been denied furlough for the entirety of their sentence." >>>

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Only in Iran

by Cost-of-Progress on

Can you be a major player in undermining your country and contribute to its demise, have a change of heart (even though still an islamist heart), be thrown in "jail" and then cry foul.

These people are fruits of the same rotten tree that has brought my ancestral land to the point she is today.

Shame on all these cockroaches.

Darius Kadivar

hamsade ghadimi Rasty Shiro Khorshdet Kooh ?

by Darius Kadivar on


Rasty Shiro Khorshdet Kooh ?



Or are you Jomhurykhahs "experimenting" with "patriotism" every three decades ?





hamsade ghadimi

کدیور، چرت و

hamsade ghadimi

کدیور، چرت و پرت نگو.  مثینکه به علاوه اسهال یو توب آلزایمر گرفتی‌.  این آخوندا بچه‌های حرومزاده همون حرومزاده هستند. با ارادت.

Darius Kadivar

Hamseda Ghadimi your selective memory doesn't make you

by Darius Kadivar on

Hamseda Ghadimi your selective memory doesn't make you and your Jomhurykhah Likeminds any less accountable than us:


ROYAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Crown Prince Reza Praises Mossadegh's Patriotism (ANDISHEH TV)


ROYAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Crown Prince Reza on Torture During His Father's Rule 


Karroubi just like his fellow "collegues" is after all an Offspring of your very own Jomhurykhah Aspirations after all ...


REPUBLICAN OFFSPRING: Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Savak Prison (1970's)


REPUBLICAN OFFSPRING: Massoud Rajavi at Tehran University during Presidential Campaign (1980)


CLUELESS JON STEWART: "Ebrahim Yazdi Such a Lovely Man"


If you are to blame Karoubi or his likeminds then you also need to blame your own poor choice 3 decades ago in accepting the shortlived alliance with your former Allies in order to topple the Monarchy ...


KhomeiniNo To Monarchy Even if Constitutional | Iranian.com




If Karoubi is to Blame then so are you and your likeminds for advocating Regime Change back in 1979:


Footage of the 1979 referendum of the Islamic Republic of Iran




For After all this genial old Mullah is merely a Jomhurykhah with a religious backbone who is trying his best to reform the Republic born from the womb of the Revolution which you so called "secular" folks ( only secular once you became disappointed with the regime you put in power) wholeheartingly supported.


So I Don't see how you can blame him for "trying" to correct the errors of your "Glorious Revolution" when you ever complaining Jomhurykhahs merely joined the rest of us incompetent folks you sent to exile back in 1979 ? ...


COMPLAINING JOMHURYKHAH: What Have the Pahlavis EVER Done For Us ? ;0)



It may ease your Conscience like the rest of your Bankrupt Johmurykhah likeminds by attempting to escape intellectual accountability by putting the blame for your Own poor choice on your former religious or communist Allies while demanding accountability from us constitutional Monarchists for our failture ...


Constitutionalist Khosro Fravahar Blasts Esmail Nouriala For Hypocritical Jomhurykhah Bias



But then based on the same 'logic' neither you nor your Jomhurykhah likeminds are "innocent" in the calamity your poor choice imposed on your fellow compatriots through lies, and deceit for the past 3 Decades :


American CBS TV network airs Fake Tapes on Shah's Speech (1979)


HISTORY FORUM: Mashallah Ajoudani on Intellectuals and the Revolution 


All because of a frustrated individualistic democratic "appetite" you knew very well our country could not afford at that juncture ... 


SATIRE: I voted ;0)


Otherwise you would have stayed in Iran in an attempt to either fight it from within or transform it into the Republic you had in mind in the first place.


SATIRE: The Burqa Republic of Our IRANICAN Dreams ;0)


But Instead you have in turn become an exiled Iranian just like the people you (or your parents) contributed to ousting from Iran 3 decades ago many of whom never deserved your wrath :


Man Chased by Anti Shah Protestors During Shah's US Visit (1977)


pictory:(FOR REFERENDUM BASHERS) Women Punched in Face by Revolutionaries 


Selective memory indeed ...


ROYAL HOLLOWEEN: Shahbanou Farah Meets Sir Christopher Lee ;0)


Happy Chahar Shanbeh Souri Nevertheless !











by hirre on

one day mousavi and karoubi will be held responsible for their involvements in killing political prisoners in the past.... It is very important to make it clear that these figures who accept the islamic republic, but want to "reform" it never reach power and never represent the people in the future...


Sage zard baradare shoghale

by Manam_Babak on

I should add, for 30 years he vitnessed IRI torture, rape, and murder of Iraninans, and he didn't say any thing, but as soon as he got cheeted in election, he became Mobarez? Don't think so, let he taste a bit of his own medicine. This is just the bigining for Mullahs.


Sage zard baradare shoghale

by Manam_Babak on

I too agree with Hamsade Ghadimi, wery well said!


Need to encourage voices of discontent, not shut them up

by MM on

The reason he and Mousavi are not in Evin is probably because of their high profile in the regime in a previous time.  Nonetheless, he got the courage to speak against the regime and that is more than what I can say about the other vultures with deep pockets.


 HG is spot on. ba

by vildemose on

 HG is spot on. ba sepas.

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


I agree with hamsade Ghadimi

by Azarbanoo on

Well said with logic.  Thanks.


Not This One

by Faramarz on

I agree with Hamsade.

He is not in Evin and he is not being tortured. He was part of the Regime and if he gets his way, Iranians will be stuck with the Regime.

hamsade ghadimi

زندانی داریم

hamsade ghadimi

زندانی داریم تا زندانی.  زندان داریم تا زندان.  ممکنه این شیخ از سیستمی‌ که سالها در آن شرکت کرد گلایه کنه.  همان سیستمی‌ که همیشه معترضین را زندانی میکرد، شکنجه میداد، تجاوز میکرد.  ولی‌ حالا تو یه خونه‌ شمال تهران‌ "زندانی" شده و قرمه سبزی کوفت میکنه و ما این ملا رو باید تو رتبه زندانیا‌ن واقعی‌ تمجید کنیم؟


درود بر تمام ایرانیان مبارز


People of all walks of life, conscientious Journalists, teachers, students, Laborers, and religious leaders have been standing up for their own rights and their rights of their countrymen/women and as a result getting the wrath of IRI.  They need our support and they deserve our support for their immediate and unconditional freedom and their quest for a free Iran.

  My hats off to each and every one of these brave souls.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



درود بر شیخ شجاع و افشا گر. درود بر شیخ مهدی کروبی


I support Mehdi karoobi's release not because I agree with his agenda as a reformist, nor because I admire his courage for being one of the few voices amongst Iran's senior clergy who openly spoke about the crimes of rapes, torture and murder of the arrested post 2009 fraudulent election demonstrators. The crimes which indeed have been happening on a systematic basis since the islamist republic was formed.

No. I support Mehdi Karoobi's release, since No one should be jailed, tortured, put under house arrest, etc, simply because of his/her religion or political beliefs. Period. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."



by Demo on

He is no Prisoner of the Day but rather a Master of Deceptions! Like the great majority of his gerontocrats colleagues in & out of the country! And either with or against the regime!



by MRX1 on

if you go to bed with a whore don't be surprised if you get a VD!  This man has been with this whorish system from the inception. now he is whining about the disease he got from them  and we are suppose to feel sorry for him.