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Ally Of Iran's Musavi Detained, Website Says


Alireza Beheshti, a senior adviser to Mir Hossein Musavi

Alireza Beheshti, a senior adviser to Mir Hossein Musavi

TEHRAN (Reuters) -- An ally of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has been detained, a reformist website said, in a move that could signal increased pressure by the authorities on pro-reform foes of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Mowjcamp.com said Alireza Hosseini Beheshti, who heads an opposition committee looking into alleged abuse of detained protesters after the disputed June election, was detained on September 8 on the orders of Tehran's prosecutor.

Officials were not immediately available for comment.

Beheshti's office has issued estimates of the number of people killed in postelection unrest that are much higher than the official death toll of around 26 people. The opposition says more than 70 people died during the street protests.

Also on September 8, judiciary officials closed down the office of pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karrubi and seized documents and discs, the ILNA news agency reported earlier.

Musavi and Karrubi, who finished second and fourth respectively in the election, say the presidential poll was rigged to secure Ahmadinejad's reelection. The authorities deny the charge.
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