Former president reportedly barred from leaving Iran

Former president reportedly barred from leaving Iran
# 10 March 2010 00:35 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami was barred from leaving the country, Fars news agency reported Tuesday, APA reports quoting earthtimes.org web-page. Fars quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying in "a private gathering" that the reformist cleric had been barred from travelling outside Iran.

The official was quoted as saying that Khatami had planned to leave, but gave no details on date and place of the visit.

Khatami is a fierce opponent of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and has not yet acknowledged his re-election due to alleged fraud in the June voting.

The government had earlier barred renowned poet Simin Behbahani and Mohammad-Taghi Karroubi, the son of leading opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi, from leaving the country.

Both Behbahani and Karroubi are close to the opposition, which is also led by former prime minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi.
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