Revolutionary court summons two pro-reform MPs
TEHRAN, Feb 11 (AFP) - Two members of the pro-reform majority parliament have been summoned to appear in Tehran's revolutionary court, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.
It said Elaheh Koulaii and Ahmad Bourghani-Farahani, a former deputy culture minister, had been ordered to appear before the conservative-led tribunal Tuesday.
It gave no further details or the reason behind the double summons.
Bourghani, aged 42 and former editor-in-chief of IRNA, recently criticised the country's powerful conservative camp which controls key state institutions including the judiciary and the police.
On January 24, a total 150 reformist MPs from the currently 272-strong chamber in an open letter expressed "deep concern" over the judiciary's "illegal actions", citing crackdowns on the reformist press and legal
action against liberal deputies.
Parliament has been pushing for the immunity of its members amid reports the judiciary is preparing cases against several reformist MPs, including President Mohammad Khatami's brother, Tehran deputy Mohammad-Reza Khatami.
On January 28, pro-reform MP Hamid Loghmanian was arrested in the western city of Hamedan which he represents in parliament, and released several hours later.
Deputies were outraged over Loghmanian's arrest, which MPs say came after his statements critical of the judiciary.
They interrupted a budget debate being carried live on state radio to denounce the "arbitrary" arrest and threatening to "take action" if he was not released immediately.
The conservative-dominated courts have been running an unprecedented offensive against the reformist movement headed by Mohammad Khatami.
Some 20 publications have been suspended and more than a dozen journalists jailed for various offences concerning their work.