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Those arrested in Tehran unrest to put on trial soon: Alizadeh

Chief of Tehran's Justice Department Abbasali Alizadeh said in Tehran on Thursday that Saeed Asgar, his followers and those arrested in the recent unrest in Tehran will be soon put on trial once their judicial cases are complete, IRNA reported.

Alizadeh told IRNA that he was not informed about the number of the arrested and whether their trial will be in-camera or not, adding that the judicial cases prepared in that connection are going through final stages.

"The judges will consider no difference between people, and the trials will be held according to the contents of the cases and the charges that have been lodged," he said.

Police on Sunday announced that they had arrested Asgar and several of his followers who comprise the so-called Ansar-E Hezbollah group after they stormed into the dorm of Tehran's Allameh Tabatabaei University early Saturday morning, beat up some 80 students and destroyed their properties.

Asgar had also carried out a failed assassination attempt on Saeed Hajjarian, a member of the former Tehran City Council in 2000, but was later freed on bail.

Alizadeh added that any step which is taken to harm the security of the society, to disrupt order, and also to destroy public properties is considered an offense and the offenders will be confronted according to the law.

He was referring to the efforts by thugs to misuse a series of student rallies over the past week and create disorder by breaking the windows of banks, shops and judicial complexes.

A brief meeting by students at Tehran University's dorm to protest alleged privatization of universities turned into an angry rally last Tuesday that was followed by several days of late evening demonstrations.

The police have been heavily stationed at the dorm over the past week.

The police have tried to keep the Ansar-E Hezbollah away from the students to stop a confrontation and prevent the recurrence of the group's violent raid into the dorm in 1999 that left one killed and several others badly wounded.

The raid triggered several days of serious student unrest in Tehran.

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