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Iran Judiciary says less than 100 students arrested in recent unrest

Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham, speaking in Tehran on Tuesday, put the number of students arrested during the recent unrest in Iran at below 100, adding that about 50 of them have been arrested in Tehran, IRNA reported.

Elham told reporters that a total of 1,000 people have been apprehended in the unrest who are currently going through preliminary judicial investigations.

He also said that a certain number of those arrested have been released.

Elham's remarks contradict reports by certain print media that had quoted the State Prosecutor General Abdolnabi Namazi as saying that police had detained 4,000 people across the country in connection with the unrest.

A brief meeting by students at Tehran University dorm to protest the alleged privatization of universities last month turned into an angry rally followed by a week long late evening demonstrations in the capital and several other cities.

The student protests were often taken advantage by hooligans who mingled in the rallies and provoked the students to clash with the police.

Elham said the measures taken by the related institutions in the course of the unrest have all been constitutional, stressing that the institutions were all following one specific goal -- to squelch the riots and to restore public order.

He further recalled the false figures regarding the number of those arrested, stressing that some of the arrests had not been judicial and made on the spot to "mop up the scene".

Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari said on June 24 that the riots in Tehran and some other cities had subsided in the wake of measures taken by the country's security and intelligence officials.

The head of Tehran Justice Department Abbasali Alizadeh said on Saturday that the prosecution of those arrested will start next week.

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