Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad reportedly arrested for inciting unrest

Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad reportedly arrested for inciting unrest

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by the Iranian authorities for reportedly inciting anti-government protests, the UK-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported Saturday.

Ahmadinejad, who served as the president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, will be placed under house arrest if Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei grants permission to the authorities to do so, according to Al Arabiya.

Ahmadinejad said: 'Some of the current leaders live detached from the problems and concerns of the people, and do not know anything about the reality of society'.

Iran's fifth head of the judicial system, Amole Larijani, had accused Ahmadinejad of inciting more protests, the same accusation directed at prominent Shia cleric and politician Mehdi Karroubi and former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi which also lead to their house arrest.

There has been widespread unrest in Iran over the last two weeks as people have taken to the streets to protest against the government after food prices rocketed.

Ahmadinejad is said to now be on house arrest, al-Quds al-Arabi reported, but wasn't confirmed by other third-party sources.

A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian regime, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.

Ahmadinejad during a visit to Bushehr city had said that the country suffered from "mismanagement" and blamed President Hassan Rouhani for thinking the people are "ignorant".

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the U.S. and Israel.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard have declared the protests over at this point, and indications are that the only rallies on Sunday were in support of the government and against the protesters, who the leadership have branded as US-backed.



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