Following the announcement by the Islamic Republic authorities
that 649 prisoners have received a pardon or a reduction in their sentences, 19
political prisoners were released today, most of whom were students.
Iranian media had reported that Iran's head of judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani has requested the supreme leader to pardon a number of prisoners on the occasion of the Muslim festivities.
Opposition media reports that 19 political prisoners have been released so far, many of whom were arrested in the post-election protests.
The release of these political prisoners has not been announced by official news agencies of the Islamic Republic yet.
Families of political detainees in one of their numerous demonstrations (Tehran, August 2010)
In June of this year, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran's
Prosecutor announced that 81 "repentant convicts" have been pardoned by the
On the other hand, hardline cleric Ayatollah Jannati, head of Iran's Guardian Council told Friday Prayers worshippers on November 4 that recent political prisoners, who according to him were involved in "a sedition", should no be released.
Islamic Republic hardliners claim election protesters were involved in a seditious movement to overthrow the system, a charge that is vehemently denied by the opposition.
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