Spiritual father of Iran’s reform movement dies

Iran’s leading reformist cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died, prompting protests: Montazeri was a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later accused his fellow clerical leaders of imposing dictatorship in the name of Islam; Montazeri opposed the Fatwa issued against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie and eventually faced house arrest in the 1990s for saying Ayatollah Khamenei was not qualified to rule Iran.


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