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Main Ahmadinejad rival says supporters harassed

world Updated: Jun 09, 2009 18:42 IST

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Iranian media says the main challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is warning that Ahmadinejad may be trying to incriminate his supporters ahead of Friday's presidential election.

The Sunday report in several Internet news sites and newspapers says Mir Hossein Mousavi wrote a letter to Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying there is a possibility Ahmadinejad and his supporters are trying to fabricate evidence against Mousavi's supporters.

There was no immediate comment from Ahmadinejad who in the past has accused Mousavi of having links with people involving corruption.

The election on Friday is seen as crucial for Iran, and pits Ahmadinejad with his deep support among Iran's poor against Mousavi who has criticised Ahmadinejad's economic stewardship of the country.