In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, file photo, Iran's former reformist President Mohammad Khatami attends a ceremony organized by his party in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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Iran's former President Mohammad Khatami has called for the release of political prisoners and urged an end to house arrest for two leaders who alleged fraud after the 2009 election.Khatami said a "change" in the country's political atmosphere was among expectations from the administration of self-declared moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who won a first-round electoral victory over conservatives last year.In December, influential Iranian conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari said the judiciary should end the house arrests and put Mousavi and Karroubi on trial.On Monday, prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, Iran's intelligence minister between 2005 and 2009, was quoted by official news agency IRNA as saying there was "no change" in the Mousavi and Karroubi cases.
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