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Iran: Critic Arrested in Tehran

Prague, 24 February 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A prominent critic of Iran's government was arrested in Tehran's international airport today. Qassem Sholeh-Saadi, a former parliament member, was arrested by Iranian security forces after his arrival in Tehran on a flight from Paris.

The detained man's son, Javad Sholeh-Saadi, told Radio Farda that his father was allowed to inform his mother of the arrest. "What I know is that last night my father, who had left Paris for Tehran, arrived around dawn. Again, what I know is that he was arrested at the airport. Apparently, the airport intelligence group [from the Interior Ministry] arrested him. He has been allowed to contact my mother and inform her of his arrest."

Javad Sholeh-Saadi said his father has recently published writings against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.