Monday, January 12, 2015

Iran parliament session suspended amid shouting matches


TEHRAN: An Iranian parliament session has descended into chaos as several hard-line lawmakers disrupted a speech by a moderate colleague criticizing the long-term house arrest of two opposition leaders.
Parliamentarian Ali Motahari was speaking out Sunday in open session against the detention orders, calling them “unconstitutional.” His remarks were disrupted by several lawmakers shouting “death to seditionists.”
Parliament vice-speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard adjourned the session, which resumed about a half hour later.
The two opposition leaders that Motahari was defending, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, have been held without charges under house arrest since 2011 over their role in the widespread protests that followed the 2009 presidential elections.

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