News ID: 208072
Published: 0426 GMT January 14, 2018

Judiciary: Over 400 people still detained, 25 killed in recent street protests

Judiciary: Over 400 people still detained, 25 killed in recent street protests
Faraj Samadi/IRNA
Iran's Judiciary spokesman, Gholamhosein Mohseni-Ejei, addresses his weekly press conference on January 14, 2018.

(National Desk) Iran's Judiciary spokesman said that about 465 people, who were arrested during the recent demonstrations, are still in custody.

During his weekly press conference, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei also acknowledged that 25 people were killed in violence surrounding the protests that began on December 28, IRNA reported.

Among the 465 detainees, 55 people are being held in the capital, he added.

The judiciary spokesman also said that 25 "ordinary citizens and our own forces were killed during the recent troubles," and said that none were killed by gunfire from security forces because "they were ordered not to use their weapons."

Officials had previously said 21 people were killed.

An Iranian lawmaker, Mahmud Sadeghi, said last week that about 3,700 people had been arrested across the country during the weeks of protests.

Iran's Parliament said on January 7 that low-level protesters, particularly students, were to be released while protest leaders would be punished.

The unrest began over economic issues on December 28 but turned more violent. Officials have blamed the enemies for parts of their efforts to destabilize the country.

   
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