Iran makes arrests over torn Khomeini picture

Iran has arrested several people over the tearing up of a picture of Khomeini during anti-government protests last week, a senior official said on Monday.

Iran makes arrests over torn Khomeini picture

Iran has arrested several people over the tearing up of a picture of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during anti-government demonstrations last week, a senior official said on Monday.

The detentions were announced a day after Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave a stern warning to the pro-reform opposition, accusing it of violating the law by insulting the memory of late revolutionary leader Khomeini.

State television has broadcast footage of what it said were opposition supporters tearing up and trampling on a picture of Khomeini during the rallies.

The opposition has denied involvement in the reported incident, suggesting the authorities were planning to use it as a pretext for a renewed post-election crackdown on dissent.

"Those people who were at the site have all been identified," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadai said, quoted by ISNA news agency.

He said arrests had been made, including one on the day of the student rallies, without giving names or numbers.

"They are all in detention and one of them has confessed," Jafari Dolatabadi said.



Reuters

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