Iranians arrested after leaders insulted in protests
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Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009, 20:13
Tehran: Several people have been arrested after Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were insulted in anti-government protests, the prosecutor general said on Monday.

Opposition supporters staged protests during the annual Student Day rally on December 7, when a poster of Khomeini was reportedly torn up, sparking angry counter-demonstrations by regime loyalists.

"One culprit was arrested on that day. He is in jail and the case is due to be sent to court soon," Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by the ILNA and Mehr news agencies.

Asked if anyone had been arrested for insulting Khamenei, he said that "those arrested are from both groups," without elaborating.

"We are sure about some of them -- their offence is proven and they have confessed," he added.

The opposition, which charges that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election in June was fraudulent, has faced mounting pressure since state television aired footage of the torn poster of Khomeini.

Main opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has condemned the act, but has also accused hardliners of provocation.


First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009, 20:13

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