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Most post-election unrest detainees to be released by Aug. 7

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Chief Prosecutor Ayatollah Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi has stated that most of the prisoners detained in the post-election unrest will be released by August 7. A number of prisoners were released on Tuesday and when the detainees from the next group are released over the next week, the majority of the detainees will have been freed, he told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

"We have asked the relevant officials to release people not facing serious charges," he added.


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Hundreds of people have been arrested after Iran's June presidential elections.
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On Monday, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi ordered senior judicial officials to make rulings on the status of detainees who were arrested in the post-election unrest by August 3.

MP Kazem Jalali, the spokesman of the parliamentary special committee on post-election unrest detentions, announced on Tuesday that 140 people were released that day but 150 are still detained in Evin prison.

Dori-Najafabadi is a member of another committee, which has been tasked with studying the arrests and meeting with all the detainees.

That committee was scheduled to visit Evin prison on Wednesday on the orders of the Judiciary chief.

IRNA reported on Wednesday that 20 rioters will go on trial, starting on Saturday, on a number of serious charges, including bombings, possession of firearms and grenades, attacking Basij and other security forces, and having contacts with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.

Dori-Najafabadi also said that any failure by officials to observe the letter of the law will result in prosecution, and added that the Armed Forces Judicial Organization, the Prosecutor General's Office, and other relevant bodies will monitor the conduct of the officials dealing with the detainees.

He also stated that the post-election unrest murder cases are being seriously investigated.

Reformist MPs meet Khatami

The reformist members of the Majlis minority faction here on Wednesday met with former president Mohammad Khatami to discuss issues that emerged in the aftermath of the presidential election.

"The members of the Imam Line faction gave reports to Mr. Khatami of the efforts the faction has done regarding the post-election events," MP Dariyoush Qanbari told the Mehr News Agency.

The MP added Khatami thanked the faction members for their efforts in pursuing the recent issues.

Khatami emphasized that the Majlis representatives should pursue, through legal channels, the rights of those who have been hurt in the incidents the followed the presidential election, Qanbari stated.

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