Iran Says 140 Protesters Have Been Freed
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
Iranian officials announced that 140 detainees have been released from prison in Tehran, while some 200 are still being held. But the numbers announced by authorities and those given by protest leaders differ significantly. According to the latter, thousands are still being held and about 100 people have been killed during the election protests.
The release comes after Iran’s supreme leader ordered the closure of another detention centre because it failed to “preserve the rights of detainees”.
The unusual moves show how much pressure Iran’s leaders are under over detainees, correspondents say.
Officials also announced on Tuesday that 30 people were killed in clashes between opposition supporters and police—up from a previously stated figure of about 20.
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