Iran steps up crackdown on oppostion

Published December 29th, 2009 - 08:29 GMT

Iranian Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi said Tuesday plice agents have detained her sister as the regime intnsified its crackdown on the oppostion, a statement carried on an opposition website said. "My sister Dr Nooshin Ebadi was arrested at 9 pm (1630 GMT) on December 28 by four intelligence agents at her home and sent to prison," Ebadi said in a statement carried by the Rahesabz website.


"I am not aware of the place of her detention or the reason for her arrest," she said, describing her sister as a professor of medicine.


This arrest comes as Iranian MPs called for the "maximum punishment" of opposition demonstrators on Tuesday after violent protests which erupted on Sunday and killed at least eight people. According to AFP, the parliament condemned "disgusting comments" by Western governments about Sunday's incidents and accused the protesters of being "anti-religion" and "counter-revolutionaries."


"Parliament wants the judiciary and intelligence bodies to arrest those who insult religion and impose the maximum punishment on them without reservation," said the statement read out by parliament speaker Ali Larijani on television.


The MPs slammed US President Barack Obama over his "statement in favour of this group which committed anti-religion acts on Ashura" and said it was reminiscent of his predecessor George W. Bush. "Such praise disgraces you and causes the system to act more firmly," the statement said. Obama demanded on Monday that Iran free those protesters it had detained and told the opposition that history was on its side.

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