Inside the courtroom, he wore eyeglasses and a prison uniform as well as an ironic smirk that let all know he was doing OK. Just days before Iran’s fateful June 12 presidential election, analyst, economist and writer Saeed Laylaz confided to The Times that he saw dark days ahead.
“I’m worried about the next 10 to 12 days,” Laylaz (pictured above, second row, center), a supporter of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, said in an interview in early June. “The government is getting angrier and angrier.”
Laylaz proved prophetic. One June 17, days after the disputed election amid the unrest that followed allegations of massive vote-rigging in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favor, Laylaz was arrested.