Mousavi’s Green Path of Hope news service is reporting that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi’s arrest. Here is the translation of that report (translation copyright New York Times):
Informed news sources in Tehran report that “hearings” indicate Khamenei has given an order for the arrest of Karroubi.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in a meeting with members of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council, which is currently run by Hassan Rowhani, in referring to a meeting between himself and Ayatollah Khamenei said, “I will back away from everything, they are not granting me permission to speak at the Friday prayers anymore.”
He alluded to the fact that everything is being done under the authority of the IRGC and current conditions are in the control of IRGC members, and declared his great anxiety.
He continued by referring to the fact that he told Ayatollah Khamenei, “You should not have ordered the arrest of Mehdi Karroubi.” At the end of his meeting, Rafsanjani said he told Khamenei that the continuation of this procedure will make the situation more complicated, to which Khamenei replied with silence.
Update: The New York Times has confirmed this report.
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A person close to Mr. Rafsanjani, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, confirmed the report, saying the order was issued at least two weeks ago. That left open the possibility that Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech was something of a final warning to Mr. Karroubi.