TEHRAN – A prominent Iranian cleric said Friday that two opposition leaders placed under house arrest after the country’s divisive 2009 presidential election deserve to be hanged.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati didn’t mention Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi by name. Instead, he referred to them as “leaders of sedition,” a phrase hard-liners use to describe them. His comments were delivered live on state radio.
Jannati said the two are alive because of “Islamic mercy.”
Reformists claim Mousavi was the real victor of 2009 elections and that former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won via widespread fraud. Massive protests by Mousavi supporters were crushed by security forces.