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Iran arrests heads of banned group
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Secretary General of the banned Freedom Movement of Iran Ebrahim Yazdi
Iranian security forces have arrested the head of the Freedom Movement of Iran and another senior member of the banned organization, an informed source says.

Ebrahim Yazdi, the secretary general of the Freedom Movement of Iran was detained in the city of Isfahan late on Friday, along with the party's number two, Hashem Sabbaghian, IRNA reported.

The detainees were arrested after they appeared in a Friday Prayers mass led by a well-known Wahhabi element in the central Iranian city.

Iranian authorities had earlier ordered the cancellation of prayers by the extremist elements but Yazdi and Sabbaghian had encouraged the Wahhabi figures to reopen it, the source added.

Having been arrested during the frenzy after the 2009 presidential election in Iran, Yazdi had been released on bail.

Despite a pledge to give up his illegal activities, Yazdi has reportedly expanded the scope of his group's activities.

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