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Top Iran reformist tells trial vote was clean: report

Top Iranian reformist Mohammad Ali Abtahi told a Tehran court today there had been no fraud in the June election which returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, the Fars news agency reported.

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 19:22 IST

Top Iranian reformist Mohammad Ali Abtahi told a Tehran court on Saturday there had been no fraud in the June election which returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, the Fars news agency reported.

“The 10th (presidential) election was different and it took two or three years to work on it. I think reformists took action to sort of restrict the (supreme) leader,” Abtahi told a revolutionary court where around 100 people accused of rioting after the election were on trial.

“I say to all my friends and all friends who hear us, that the issue of fraud in Iran was a lie and was brought up to create riots so Iran becomes like Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers damage and hardship... and if this happened, there would no name and trace of the revolution left.”