Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest for close to 15 months, has been given “permission to open his windows to get fresh air, to stroll in the building’s parking area and to lock his apartment door,” reports from Iran indicate.
Saham News reports that Karroubi has been under house arrest for 440 days, denied even the most basic prisoners’ rights, all with no trial or court sentencing.
The report adds that Karroubi was allowed a Mother’s Day visit with his family at their home in Jamaran.
The family reports that the authorities have told them that Fatemeh Karroubi, the opposition leader’s wife, will now be allowed to visit him twice a week.
In recent months, Karroubi had been reportedly held for long stretches with no visits allowed, not even from his wife.
The Karroubi family maintains that Mehdi Karroubi’s house arrest is “illegal” and they demand an immediate end to it.
Mehdi Karroubi and MirHosein Mousavi, the two presidential candidates that challenged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the 2009 elections, were put under house arrest in February of 2011 together with their wives, Fatemeh Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard. Karroubi was later transferred to a smaller apartment, and his wife was no longer allowed to keep him company.