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List of 72 alleged post-vote victims rejected

Press TV - After a list of 72 people alleged to have been killed in the aftermath of the presidential election was made public in Iran, a national security official says the data lacks credibility. Earlier on Friday, Reformist website Norooz News released the identities of 72 people it says were killed over the course of the post-vote turmoil in Iran.

The report posted on the website gives the names, ages, and details on how, when, and where most of the victims were killed.

Speaking to Fars news agency, head of the Majlis Foreign Policy and National Security Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the list cannot be relied upon as it fails to provide the necessary information for the alleged victims to be identified.

"A few weeks ago, Messrs. [Alireza] Beheshti and [Morteza] Alviri attended a session of the National Security Commission and provided a list of those killed in the course of recent events which contained 69 names without specific information such as the names of their fathers and their ID numbers," Boroujerdi explained.

Following the disclosure, Boroujerdi said, the commission called on the Reformist officials to provide the essential information for the identification of the alleged victims.

The National Security official, however, said Beheshti and Alviri have so far failed to provide the required data.

"Following the passage of one week and the pursuit of the matter by the special Majlis committee tasked with probing the issue of deaths and detentions in post-election Iran, they have re-sent the list in a new letter without providing the essential data," Boroujerdi said.

He added that the Reformist officials had only added 3 more names to the list which brought the number of the dead to 72.

Iranian authorities had previously put the number of those killed in the post-election turmoil at 30.

The head of the National Security Commission went further to raise doubts about the veracity of the disclosed data which has been made public without providing the necessary identity information on the alleged victims.

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