Reports: Iran detains daughter of ex-President Rafsanjani

Head of Iran's Experts Assembly, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani addresses a seasonal meeting of the assembly, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. The 86-member all-cleric assembly has the right of choosing and dismissing the supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

February 20, 2011 9:00:15 AM PST
Iran's official news agency says authorities have detained the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the most powerful opposition supporter inside the country's clerical leadership.

The report on the IRNA news agency says Faezeh Hashemi was arrested Sunday while trying to cause unrest by chanting anti-government slogans in one of the main streets of Tehran.

Iran's opposition had called for a rally Sunday to mark a week since the deaths of two people in Feb. 14 clashes between security forces and opposition protesters in Tehran.

Rafsanjani's youngest daughter was also briefly detained in the unrest that followed 2009's disputed presidential election.

Hard-liners have criticized the moderate Rafsanjani for supporting Iran's opposition leaders.