A combination of archive pictures shows former Iranian premier Mir Hossein Mousavi (R) in Tehran on May 9, 2009 and former Iranian parliament speaker and leader of the National Confidence reformist party Mehdi Karroubi in Tehran on October 12, 2008
A combination of archive pictures shows former Iranian premier Mir Hossein Mousavi (R) in Tehran on May 9, 2009 and former Iranian parliament speaker and leader of the National Confidence reformist party Mehdi Karroubi in Tehran on October 12, 2008 © Atta Kenare/Behrouz Mehri - AFP/File
A combination of archive pictures shows former Iranian premier Mir Hossein Mousavi (R) in Tehran on May 9, 2009 and former Iranian parliament speaker and leader of the National Confidence reformist party Mehdi Karroubi in Tehran on October 12, 2008
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Last updated: April 9, 2014

Here you go: a gun and some Iranian opposition leaders. This new computer game is causing controversy in Iran.

Banner Icon A new computer game is available online in Iran that allows players to shoot opposition figures involved in the disputed 2009 presidential election, media reported Wednesday.

The free flash-based game resembles a shoddy knock-off of Doom, a popular horror-themed game in the 90s that pioneered first-person genre, and was produced by a local media company run by "youths faithful to the Islamic revolution," according to its website.

The company says the game allows the player to "confront symbols of sedition" – a term coined in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election to describe pro-reform supporters who disputed the poll's result.

The player must shoot the targets – the heads of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two opposition leaders who have been kept incommunicado under house arrests since February 2011 – and reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami.

The game has drawn fire from Iranian reformists and according to the media, the organisation tasked with issuing licences for video games produced in Iran is reporting it to the authorities.

The company says the game allows the player to "confront symbols of sedition""Its producers did not put forward any requests for a licence," Hossein Moazami, an official at Iran's computer and video games foundation, was quoted as saying by the Arman daily.

"Therefore, the relevant authorities at the culture ministry, police and the judiciary will be informed," Moazami said without commenting on the game's content.

The game is named "The Return of Mokhtar: and is to be found at: http://www.honarenab.ir/Hadaya/Bazi/Bazgasht_Mokhtar.aspx

Nearly five years after the disputed election that sparked unprecedented street protests and highlighted cracks within Iran's ruling elite remains a bone of contention between hardliners and reformists.

Iran's self-declared moderate president, Hassan Rouhani who took office in August, had promised to resolve the issue.

His officials have expressed criticism of ongoing house arrests of Mousavi and Karroubi, who claimed the vote was rigged by Rouhani's hardline predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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