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Thursday, January 14, 2010




Father of Washington Institute Iran Expert Arrested in Qom

Mehdi Khalaji is one of my colleagues at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His father, a cleric in the Iranian holy city of Qom, has just been arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence. Khalaji’s father is a supporter of reform, but we believe the arrest is also an attempt to intimidate Mehdi, who is an outspoken critic of the regime. Mehdi has asked friends to publicize the case.

Source: Martin Kramer


Father of Washington Institute Iran Expert Arrested in Qom

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, four agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence (MOI) arrested Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Khalaji, father of Washington Institute Iran scholar Mehdi Khalaji, at the former's home in Qom, Iran.

During a violent house search, MOI agents confiscated the Khalaji family's passports -- including that of Mehdi Khalaji's teenage daughter, who lives in Tehran -- and banned all family members from leaving Iran. Government agents also confiscated personal files, books, letters, a computer, and a satellite receiver.

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Source: The Washington Institute

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