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Iran reform leader on hunger strike over six-year house arrest

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalised Thursday after going on hunger strike to demand a trial, his family told local media. "His health condition deteriorated after the hunger strike and he is now hospitalised," said the Sahamnews website, which is affiliated to Karroubi's family. Karroubi, 79, and fellow reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were candidates in Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election which sparked months of mass protests over claims that the polls were rigged in favour of hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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