Iran admits 4,000 June detentions
11-Aug-2009 (2 comments)

Authorities in Iran say 4,000 people were detained in protests that followed June's disputed presidential election - many more than previously stated. A spokesman for the judiciary, Ali Reza Jamshidi, said about 3,700 were freed within a week, but that those involved in riots were kept in detention.

An opposition figure has also claimed at least 69 people were killed in the violence following the 12 June poll.

It is more than double the number the government admits died. Iran is currently trying more than 100 detainees over their alleged involvement in the protests.

The trials - of leading opposition figures, activists, journalists, lawyers, workers at foreign embassies and a foreign national - have been criticised by several foreign powers, opposition groups and human rights campaigners.

But authorities insist their legal proceedings are completely legitimate and conform to international standards of justice.

Speaking at a news conference, judiciary spokesman Mr Jamshidi admitted some 4,000 people were detained in June's post-election street protests.

Shifteh Ansari

Even these numbers are most likely lies

by Shifteh Ansari on

When has anyone inside IRI told the truth about how people are really treated there?  We know by now that even when admissions to violence by the government are made, all these numbers have to be multiplied by 3 to 20 to arrive at the truth.  Save your breath.  The real truth will come out sooner or later.


che khabar e


by che khabar e on

And that is the most frightning thing of all.  Who really knows how many have been detained, tortured, raped and even killed.  This new and wonderful democratic regime according to some resident IRI supporters and apologists.  They must be very proud right about now.