Iranian authorities briefly detained the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the most powerful opposition supporter inside the country’s clerical leadership, the official news agency reported.Faezeh Hashemi, who has appeared at opposition protests in the past, was detained Sunday while trying to cause unrest by chanting anti-government slogans in one of the main streets of Tehran, the IRNA news agency said. Another pro-government news service reported that she was released a short while later.Mrs. Faezeh Hashemi is also the founder and president of the Islamic Countries’ Solidarity Sport Council, vice president of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, and a member of the Islamic Republic’s High Council for Women’s Sport. She received the second highest number of votes in Tehran’s 1996 legislative elections for the Fifth Majles (parliament), and is well known for her successful campaign to allow women to bike publicly in Iran.Mrs. Hashemi was instrumental in setting up the Islamic Countries. Women’s Sports Solidarity Games, which were first held in 1993, and are now held every four years. Mrs. Hashemi’s opening speech at the 1993 games stressed the compatibility of their athletic activities with the values of Islam and noted the benefits that sport could have for health, strength, and wellbeing.
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