AlJazeera
February 15, 2011

Monday’s protests saw thousands of people descend on central Tehran in support of the uprisings across Arab nations.

But Iranian politicians have called for opposition leaders to be handed the death penalty following the protests, accusing them of fomenting unrest.

“Mehdi Karroubi and Mirhossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried,” politicians were quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency.

The term “corrupt on earth”, a charge which has been leveled at political dissidents in the past, carries the death penalty in the Islamic republic.

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