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Tehran prosecutor announces release of detainees

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran's Prosecutor announced that a number of prisoners who were pardoned by the Supreme Leader were released from Evin Prison last night.

Thousands of people were detained in the aftermath of June 2009 elections

The Supreme Leader's website reported that at the threshold of birthday of Fatemeh Zahra, daughter of Prophet Mohammad, the Supreme Leader has agreed to pardon and reduce the sentences of 81 prisoners.

Tehran's Prosecutor sent a letter to Evin Prison warden to issue the release of pardoned prisoners.

Tehran's Prosecutor told Fars News Agency that the pardoned prisoners are of three types: "Those who are currently in prison", "those who are on temporary leave" and "those whose sentences are about to be carried out."

He added that a number of prisoners were released from Evin Prison last night and those who are already on leave will also receive their release orders. According to Dowlatabadi, the sentences of a group of prisoners were also commuted.

Tehran prosecutor's office has not so far released the names of the 81 individuals.

The Islamic Republic customarily releases or commutes the sentences of some prisoners by the request of the Head of the Judiciary on religious occasions.

Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, urged Islamic Republic authorities on Monday to release all post-election prisoners.

While the call for release of all prisoners has been issued from many reformist leaders and groups in the past year, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts was the first to make this call last July in the Friday Mass Prayers at Tehran University.

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