Mehdi Karroubi, a major opposition leader to the regime of Ahmadinejad acknowledged that while the June election contained evidence of dubious voting patterns, “I would say that I recognize the president” as being the leader of the nation. Karroubi has been outspoken in condemning the government for beating protestors and assaulting those taken prisoners including the rape of some women. Although, Karroubi is offering conciliatory comments, a spokesman for him told the media, “It is necessary for you to know that Mr. Karroubi is standing firm and tall and has evidence for all his comments” concerning the brutality of the Ahmadinejad government.
There is some evidence that hardliners are seeking some form of reconciliation with opponents and Karroubi might be offering them a chance to reach out for discussions. Most probably if Ahmadinejad had any sense he would free prisoners and abandon plans for trials. Any trials which led to severe punishment would set back attempts at reconciliation.