News ID: 136871
Published: 0708 GMT February 16, 2016

Suspects detained over plotting to disrupt elections

Suspects detained over plotting to disrupt elections


Iranian security forces have arrested a number of people accused of plotting to disrupt the upcoming elections, the deputy interior minister said on Tuesday.

Hossein Zolfaqari said the arrests were made by forces of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps, police and the Intelligence Ministry in the eastern parts of the country on Thursday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He added that the suspects have confessed to planning to take a series of actions to disrupt the elections.

Iran is set to hold the elections of the Assembly of Experts and Parliament on February 26.

Iran’s police announced in January that it had established a special center to provide security for the elections.


Iran clubs threaten to quit Champions League over Saudi row


Iran may withdraw its teams from Asia's biggest club tournament if they are blocked from hosting matches against Saudi Arabian clubs due to the breakdown in relations between the two states, an official with Iranian football champions Sepahan said.

Four Saudi clubs complained to the Asian Football Confederation last month that it was unsafe for them to play AFC Champions League matches in Iran. The AFC is considering having the matches played on neutral territory.

"I hope there will be a resolution, but we are considering to withdraw from the Champions League if they insist on a third place (neutral venue)," Sepahan team manager Rassol Khorvash told Reuters on Monday.

Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran last month after angry protesters demonstrated in front of its missions following the execution of a prominent Shia cleric.

The AFC said last month that if "normal relations" had not resumed by March 15, fixtures between the two countries' clubs would be played at neutral venues.

Khorvash said the three Iranian clubs in this year's ACL –  Sepahan, Tractor Sazi and Isfahan-based Zob Ahan – had also spoken with the Iranian Football Federation and the Foreign Ministry about the matter.

Tractor Club director Majid Abbasi also expressed his disappointment and questioned whether the Saudis were breaching the rules of world governing body FIFA regarding political interference in the sport.


10 Afghans arrested for 'mugging'


At least ten Afghan nationals have been arrested for robbery in Tehran, a police official said on Tuesday.

Colonel Ali Shariati said that the suspects were accused of "mugging" a man at gunpoint, IRIB reported.

He added that the men confessed that they were involved in several burglaries by using excessive force.


Official: 30 percent of pharmacists immigrated to Canada


An official with the Health Ministry said on Tuesday that around 30 percent of pharmacists graduated from Iranian universities have immigrated to Canada.

Akbar Abdollahi Asl said that low salaries are the main reason behind the mass immigration, IRNA reported.

He also called on the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare to take appropriate measures to increase wages of pharmacists. 

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