Are the leaders of the 2009 Iranian Green Revolution seditionists, or aren't they?
"I never said [Mir Hossein Musavi] and [Mehdi Karrubi] are not seditionists, I said they're not at the top of the sedition," senior conservative politician Habibollah Asgar Oladi has said in an interview with the semiofficial Mehr news agency. Asgar Oladi, the secretary-general of the Islamic Coalition Party, made the comments about 10 days after saying that he didn't believe the two opposition figures, who have been under house arrest since 2011, had "seditious" intentions.
He had also said that the clerical establishment should not easily give up on Musavi, a former prime minister, and Karrubi, a former parliament speaker. "The sedition" is the term Iranian leaders have used to refer to the opposition Green Movement that emerged following the disputed 2009 reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
In his interview with Mehr published on January 9, Asgar Oladi claimed that the United States, Britain, and Israel were the main leaders of the postelection unrest that pushed the Islamic republic into serious crisis. He said Musavi and Karrubi, whom he credited with having served the Islamic establishment at some point, were caught in the so-called sedition. "I've said clearly that they stood against the establishment and the people, and they have to be held responsible," he said.