After 555 days of house arrest
Mir Hossein Mousavi, a leader in Iran’s opposition Green Movement, has been transferred to the critical care unit of a Tehran hospital after developing “severe” cardiovascular problems, sourcestold the Green Voice of Freedom.
On Thursday morning, more than 550 days after his illegal house arrest, the 2009 presidential candidate was taken to a cardiovascular hospital in Tehran.
GVF sources say that Mousavi was accompanied by wife Zahra Rahnavard and tens of security and police forces.
A three-hour angiography was performed on the former Prime Minister whose condition is reportedly satisfactory.
Hospital staff involved in Mousavi’s treatment have been barred from leaving work.
On Wednesday, a day prior to the operation, security forces installed closed-circuit television cameras at various points in the hospital.
Mousavi and fellow 2009 presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi spearheaded the opposition Green Movement until February 2011 when the pair called for demonstrations in solidarity with the Arab Spring.
Rights groups say their house arrest violates both Iranian and international law.
In an interview with the BBC’s Persian service, Ardeshir Amir-Arjomand, a top Mousavi advisor, confirmed the reports about the opposition figure’s health complications and said that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was directly responsible for his well-being.
“In the beginning [of the house arrest], Mir Hossein Mousavi was in very good health. If anything happens to Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mr Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Republic, will be held directly responsible.”
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