Khamenei Wants Mousavi Arrested and Broken

Indeed, several leading Iranians have already called for the arrest, trial, and punishment of Mousavi, whose Green Movement has so severely shaken the regime in the past two months. Several members of parliament have lodged complaints against Mousavi, and legal filing forms are available online, containing ready-made complaints against Mousavi.

Anyone can put his signature on the forms.

The question of the day: which organ of the state is going to undertake the arrest of the opponents of the regime?

Last Saturday, Mohammad Reza Khatami -- the brother of the former president -- revealed that the targets of the show trials had not been arrested on orders of the courts or even the intelligence services. They were all arrested by the Revolutionary Guard. He even specified their home base as the Tharallah barracks, and he went on to say that the Revolutionary Guard have in their possession a very broad arrest warrant issued quite some time ago.

Some days ago several sources in Tehran informed me that Supreme Leader Khamenei has approved the arrest warrant against Mir Hossein Mousavi. Only two persons are authorized to issue such a warrant -- the supreme commander of the Revolutionary Guards or the chief prosecutor of the revolutionary courts in Tehran. The arrest warrant is a blank check which the authorities can use at any time.

The rulers are clearly fed up with the demonstrations and want them terminated as quickly as possible. They think that if they can arrest and break Mousavi, his movement will disintegrate. In reality, the opposite is more likely. Mousavi has told his supporters “if they come for me, shut down the country,” which many of them will do. The arrest of Mousavi will immediately lead to more protests, more bloodshed, and even greater repression.

This is the path on which the regime is now marching, and only outside forces have the chance of deterring the leaders of the Islamic Republic. It is urgent that the European Union issues a warning to Iran about the potential consequences of the arrest of Mousavi. If this cannot be achieved, then leading European countries should do it themselves, ignoring the specious argument that this would constitute improper interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

The future of Iran is of global importance, and countries like Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands -- who are major trading partners of Tehran -- are fully entitled to warn the mullahs that the arrest of Mousavi is unacceptable and would have grave and immediate consequences. They should also call on the United Nations to appoint a special investigator for the massive human rights violations committed by the regime.

The message should be clear: Mousavi is not to be arrested. If he is, we will face "Zimbabwean circumstances" in Iran, with the difference being that Iran is much more important to the world than Zimbabwe.