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Karrubi is hospitalized twice in the past week.

Former presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi, recovering from emergency surgery conducted last Wednesday, was rushed back to a hospital this Monday.

Karrubi's wife, Fatemeh Karrubi, told the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) that her husband had been moved to the coronary unit of an unnamed Tehran hospital after tests showed new problems. She said doctors did not think it was safe for him to undergo open-heart surgery.

Karrubi has been under house arrest ordered six years ago by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenehi.

Karrubi's son announced shortly after the first operation last week that his father had undergone a procedure known as TIPS for Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.

A TIPS procedure uses image guidance to create a tunnel through the liver to connect the portal vein (which carries blood from the digestive organs to the liver) to one of the hepatic veins (three veins that carry blood away from the liver back to the heart).

"The doctors are hopeful they can normalize his heart beat with drugs," Hossain Karrubi said then. Within a few days, he was returned to house arrest.

The elder Karrubi, 79, was admitted to the hospital the first time on July 24 after an Intelligence Ministry physician recommended treatment for low blood pressure.

Also last week, one of the daughters of Mir-Hossain Musavi, 75, the other presidential candidate from 2009 who is under house arrest, reported that her father was suffering from dizziness and irregular blood pressure and cannot walk unaided.

The continued detention of the two men--along with Musavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard--is a hot-button political issue in Iran, where Reformists and many moderates have been demanding their release. In both his 2013 and 2017 campaigns, President Rohani promised to make their freedom a priority. But after each election, he has turned silent on the issue.

Since Khamenehi ordered the men put under house arrest, only Khamenehi can free them. And he has made clear he does not intend to do so.

The three have been detained since February 2011 for failing to discourage protests over the announced results of the 2009 presidential election, which saw Mahmud Ahmadi-nejad declared re-elected by a wide margin.

Caption: KARRUBI

Caption: RAHNEVARD

Caption: MUSAVI ... still under house arrest after six years

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Title Annotation:Mehdi Karrubi
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
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Date:Aug 4, 2017
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