A former Iranian prosecutor linked to the deaths of anti-government protesters and at the centre of a power struggle between the country's president and parliamentary speaker has been arrested, the Tehran prosecutor's office said.
No reason was given for the arrest of Saeed Mortazavi, who has played a central role in stamping out dissent following the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, and been described by Human Rights Watch as a "serial human rights abuser".
But the timing suggested it might be linked to his role in the dispute between Ahmadinejad - who is travelling to a summit in Egypt - and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, which has intensified with the approach of presidential elections.
The president was quoted as describing Mortazavi's detention as "very ugly" and saying it would be investigated on his return.
"The Tehran prosecutor announced Monday night that Saeed Mortazavi has been arrested," read a one-line statement from the prosecutor's office.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر