Iranian security forces prevented former president and prominent reformist figure Mohammad Khatami from leaving his home to attend the wedding of the daughter of MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, the Iranian opposition leaders who have been under house arrest since 2011.

Mohammad Khatami

Mohammad Khatami

The Kaleme website reports that an order from the prosecutor prevented Khatami from taking part in the wedding.

Kaleme also reports that the actions of the police led to “some altercations” but no further details were provided.

The report indicates the bride spoke with Khatami on the phone to express her dismay that in the absence of her parents, he too was prevented from attending the wedding.

Ali Shakourirad, another reformist leader attending the wedding, has reportedly assured the couple that despite Khatami’s thwarted attendance, the reformist figure was “at heart with the bride whose parents are under house arrest”.

Mohammad Khatami has been under a media ban for two years. Tehran MP Ali Motahari, a vocal critic of the house arrests, has been quoted as saying that the media ban was concocted to prevent Khatami from wielding any influence on the elections, but in his view that backfired.