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Reports: Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting violence

Reports: Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting violence
File photo: Mahmoud Ahmedinejad Reuters

Ahmedinejad has been reportedly arrested for inciting 'unrest and more demonstrations' that began in Iran late December

The former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested in Shiraz city for inciting unrest, according to media reports.

Al Arabiya reported on Sunday that Ahmadinejad, who served as the Iranian president from 2005 to 2013, will be placed under house arrest if Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei permits the authorities to do so.

Al Arabiya said Ahmedinejad has been arrested for inciting “unrest and more demonstrations” that began in Iran late December.

On December 28, protesters took to the streets of Iran over economic issues. The protests quickly escalated and turned against the regime.

The protests, which ultimately claimed 21 lives, were called due to the high unemployment rate and official corruption. Such massive demonstrations, after which hundreds were detained, were last seen during the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election.

During his visit to Bushehr city last month, Ahmadinejad had said that Iran suffered from “mismanagement,” and that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his government “believe that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society,” according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Ahmadinejad had also reportedly said that some of the current Iranian leaders lived “detached from the problems and concerns of the people,” and did not know anything about the reality of society.

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