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Families of Iranian political detainees demand justice

Source: Radio Zamaneh

For the third time in recent months, families of political detainees gathered in front of Tehran judiciary buildings to demand justice for their loved ones.

"Timely trials and release, access to legal presentation as well as open and official trials" are amongst their demands from the judiciary. In the past five months over four thousand people have been arrested in the course of protests to the alleged fraud in the presidential elections. Amongst them are prominent political, student and human rights activists as well as many journalists and bloggers.

The families of the detainees also demand "disclosure of elements who have been pressuring families of detainees." Reportedly, families of detainees have been pressured by security forces to avoid the media and refrain from giving interviews regarding their imprisoned kin.

Norooz website reports that after a two-hour long peaceful demonstration in front of the judiciary, families of a number of detained reformist leaders, political activists and journalists finally succeeded in speaking with officials face to face.

In the course of the talks, office of Iran's prosecutor-general has announced that coming Monday, the families will be given a chance to discuss their concerns in a meeting with the Prosecutor-General in person.

The families had announced earlier that if the judiciary ignores their demands, they would go on a hunger strike and take their demands to international legal bodies.

The families have formed a committee to follow up on the cases of their loved ones and maintain that their efforts will not cease until all post-election protesters are released.

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