Iran arrests father of U.S. think tank scholar


Iranian intelligence agents have arrested the father of a Washington think tank Iran scholar, and confiscated the family’s passports, the group said in an alert.

“On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, four agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOI) arrested Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Khalaji, father of Washington Institute Iran scholar Mehdi Khalaji, at the former’s home in Qom, Iran,” the Washington Institute said in an alert.

“During a violent house search, MOI agents confiscated the Khalaji family’s passports — including that of Mehdi Khalaji’s teenage daughter, who lives in Tehran — and banned all family members from leaving Iran. Government agents also confiscated personal files, books, letters, a computer, and a satellite receiver.”

The group said the family has not been informed of where the elder Khalaji is being held.