Nobel laureate: Free 3 Iranian leaders

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Posted: Jan 26, 2012 2:57 PM
Nobel laureate: Free 3 Iranian leaders

A Nobel Peace laureate is demanding that Iran release three opposition leaders who have been confined to house arrest for nearly a year.

Shirin Ebadi calls on "all freedom-loving people across the globe" to work for release of the three _ Zahra Rahnavard, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mehdi Karroubi. Rahnavard is Mousavi's wife.

The three were arrested in February 2011 after they came out in support of the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. They opposed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a disputed presidential election in 2009.

Ebadi's call was released in a statement Thursday by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

In 2003, she became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. After the 2009 election, she decided not to return home to Iran.