Iranian opposition leaders are in jail, report says
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iranian authorities have taken senior opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi to a prison in Tehran, a reformist website said Monday. A semiofficial news agency denied the report.
Kaleme.com said Mousavi, his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, as well as Karroubi and his wife, Fatemeh Karroubi, were transferred to Heshmatieh prison in the Iranian capital. It was not immediately clear when they were moved.
According to the latest information obtained from reliable sources, Mousavi and Karroubi, together with their wives ... have been arrested and transferred to Heshmatieh prison, kaleme.com said.
But the semiofficial Fars news agency, which is close to the powerful Revolutionary Guard, denied the report. Fars quoted an unnamed judiciary official as saying the men were under house arrest and have not been allowed to leave their homes or have any outside contact.
Egyptian prosecutor seizes Mubarak family funds
CAIRO (AP) Egypts top prosecutor seized all the funds of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and his family Monday and banned them from travel abroad, the latest humiliation for the once-powerful family.
It comes a day after authorities prevented Mubaraks wife and son from flying out of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
During the 18-day pro-democracy uprising, unconfirmed reports that Mubarak and his family might have amassed billions, or even tens of billions of dollars during their three decades in power, fueled protesters already enraged about massive corruption and poverty in Egypt. Mubarak, the top ruling party leaders and other cronies, as well as the powerful military have all profited richly from the corrupt system.
Mubarak was forced out of the presidents office Feb. 11 by military leaders, who have promised to meet many of the protesters demands. He is now believed to be living in seclusion with his family in Sharm el-Sheikh. The attorney general already had frozen the assets of the ousted president, his wife, two sons and their wives Feb. 20.