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Aide: Mousavi should be tried

A TOP aide to Iran's supreme leader called the country's main opposition figure a United States agent and said in an editorial yesterday he should be tried for committing crimes against the nation.

While hard-line figures had previously demanded Mir Hossein Mousavi be prosecuted for describing Iran's June 12 elections as fraudulent and leading demonstrations afterward, the editorial was the first public declaration that the opposition leader was a foreign agent.

After quashing the post-election street demonstrations, Iran's leadership has tried to erase lingering doubts about the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election by portraying the unrest as sparked by foreign meddling.

"It has to be asked whether the actions of (Mousavi and his supporters) are in response to instructions of American authorities," said Hossein Shariatmadari in the daily Kayhan.

Shariatmadari is the powerful director of the Kayhan newspaper group and a close adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He added that Mousavi was trying to "escape punishment for murdering innocent people, holding riots, cooperating with foreigners and acting as America's fifth column inside the country."


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