Iran opposition leader requested open, public trial

On February 20, 2011, Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi posted an open letter to the Supreme Judicial System of Iran calling for his trial to be held in a public forum to ensure a fair proceeding. Karroubi's was unable to deliver the letter himself, as he was placed under house arrest by Iranian security forces earlier in February 2011. The letter came as he and his co-defendants, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami, awaited trial for deaths related to the political reform movement commonly referred to as the Arab Spring.

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