- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Iranian police have suddenly and without explanation arrested Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, a known ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mr. Mortazavi has a colorful past, including suspension from office in 2010 after three anti-government protesters died in jail. On Sunday, he was in the middle of a boisterous parliamentary session over parliamentary rifts and the upcoming presidential election, according to Agence France-Presse. Parliament has been split over Mr. Ahmadinejad since April 2011, when he challenged the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to AFP, and Sunday’s brawl was just the latest in a string of legislative battles over Iran’s leadership.

Following Sundays outbreak, Mr. Mortazavi was arrested — and his disappearance is largely seen as a hit to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s power, according to various media.

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