The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of the economist Bijan Khajehpour by authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Khajehpour was snatched from the Tehran airport on June 27 upon arrival from Britain. His whereabouts are thus far unknown to his wife, two young children, family, friends and colleagues.
His arrest fits into the deeply disturbing pattern on display since the Islamic Republic moved to quash popular dissent from the official “result” of the June 12 presidential election. On June 30 the Guardian Council, an unelected and unaccountable clerical body, “certified” that “result” on the basis of an internal review of only 10 percent of the ballots. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Iranian citizens are in jail because they have spoken out for more transparent democratic procedures and the rule of law in Iran.
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