Iran detains outspoken lawyer who called for free elections
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Iran detains outspoken lawyer who called for free elections

Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi, a former lawmaker who was banned from running in 2017 presidential elections, planned a sit-in protest outside parliament

Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi speaks with media as he registers his candidacy for an upcoming presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi speaks with media as he registers his candidacy for an upcoming presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian media reported that authorities detained a human rights lawyer who planned a sit-in protest in front of parliament.

The Sunday report by the daily Arman said police detained Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi after he appeared outside parliament on Saturday in an “illegal gathering.”

A day earlier and on his Instagram account, Sholeh-Saadi posted that he will stage a sit-in protest in front of parliament to demand free elections.

Sholeh-Saadi, 64 and a former Iranian lawmaker in late 1980s, was taken to a police station.

Famous for his criticism of the establishment, Sholeh-Saadi was barred from running in the presidential elections in 2017.

A 12-member constitutional watchdog, half of them clerics, vets all nominees intending to run for parliamentary and presidential elections.

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