The House Arrests in Iran

1226 GMT: Cyprus, in its role as current President of the European Union, has written Iran's Foreign Ministry to request a meeting with opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, held under strict house arrest since February 2011.

The letter from the Cypriot Embassy in Tehran reportedly reminds the Islamic Republic that the detentions are "without consideration to any legal due process", asking Iran to "respect its citizens' fundamental rights, especially freedom of expression" with the "immediate and unconditional release" of Mousavi and Karroubi.

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