MirHosein Mousavi

Iranian pposition leader MirHosein Mousavi was taken to the hospital on Thursday for “serious heart complications”, reports from Iran indicate.


Neday-e Sabz Azadi, an opposition website, reported that Mousavi, who has been under house arrest since February of 2011 with his wife Zahra Rahnavard, had to undergo a three-hour angiography and is currently under observation in the cardiac care unit.


Security officers had reportedly been deployed to the hospital a night before the arrival of the ailing opposition leader, and the hospital staff members involved in providing for his care were not allowed to leave the hospital until now.

Mousavi is said to be faring well after the treatment but he is denied all visitors. His wife, Zahra Rahnavard, is reportedly with him at the hospital.

MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard as well as Mehdi Karroubi, another Iranian opposition leader, have been under house arrest since February 2011 because they refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the 2009 elections.

Widespread protests were triggered by allegations of vote fraud in the presidential elections, which many claim was in fact won by Mousavi.

Although the Islamic Republic establishment keeps referring to the opposition leaders as leaders of sedition, Mousavi, Rahnavard, and the other presidential candidate, Mehdi Karroubi, have been held under house arrest without any official charges being brought against them.