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All jailed students in Iran's city of Hamedan released

With the latest release of three other university students, all those jailed in this western Iranian city in connection with the June and July unrest are freed from prison now, a student association official said in Hamedan on Thursday, IRNA reported.

Nine students from Bu Ali Sina and Hamedan Medical Universities had been arrested in total, of whom six people had already been released and the rest were freed Thursday, secretary of the Islamic Students Association, Fakhroddin Heydarian, told IRNA.

"Hamid Rahgozar, Reza Kakavandi and Morteza Hossein-Zadeh were among the detained students in recent scuffles in the Bu Ali Sina university, who were released from jail today after posting 200 million rials bail each," he added.

The release comes two days after the supreme leader called on judiciary officials to show leniency to the jailed students.

On Wednesday, Tehran prosecutor's office ordered nine students to be released, it said in a statement Wednesday.

In the initial phase, the public prosecutor had issued the order for the release of nine students, which was approved by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the statement.

For the release, the prosecutor's office said, it had taken into account the orders of the supreme leader who had agreed with "the freedom of those detained students who have disavowed connection with trouble-makers and rioters and declared their loyalty" to the Islamic Republic.

The students were arrested in several days of rioting following a peaceful gathering of students to protest the perceived privatization of state universities, which officials rejected.

Media had quoted the state prosecutor general, Abdon-Nabi Namazi, as saying that police had detained 4,000 people across the country in connection with the unrest.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Washington was behind the riots and denounced it for 'blatant interference in the country's internal affairs' through provoking the unrest.

Officials said among those detained are agents who worked for 'foreign countries' and passed information to foreign televisions as well as several sympathizers of terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

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