Yesterday, the independent pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi claimed that former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested. Other media picked up the news, but without any source other than Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
Today a source close to the President denied the rumours. Speaking to the Russian independent site Geopolitica, the source claims that the fake news can be a part of a campaign to destabilize the situation in Iran.
According to the Arab newspaper, Ahmadinejad was accused of organizing the protest that escalated into violence in the past days. Al-Quds Al-Arabi is published in London since 1989 and owned by Palestinian expatriates.
Update: The lawyer of Ahmadinejad, Adel Heydari, is quoted by the United Arab Emirates news portal Erem news, saying that reports about his client’s detention are untrue.