This file photo taken on June 12, 2009 shows Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi casting his ballot at a polling station in Tehran. AFP FILES / ATTA KENARE
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Iran's top security body has approved the release of opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for seven years for leading mass protests in 2009, a family member told local media.Mousavi, 76, and Karroubi, 80, were reformist candidates in the controversial election of 2009, which was won by hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.Despite Rouhani chairing the Supreme National Security Council, which is made up of government and military figures appointed by the president and supreme leader, there had been no sign of progress on their release.
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