Iran frees 440 people arrested during anti-government protests

Iranian authorities released 440 people arrested during anti-government protests some time ago. Meanwhile, several arrests were reportedly killed in custody.

A massive protest that began to protest against the difficult economic conditions of Iran, broke out in late December 2017. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and left 25 dead. The protest movement, which initially focused on price increases and alleged government corruption, shifted to the political dimension with a retreat call for Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As reported by Reuters Tuesday (16/1/2018) , a number of Iranian justice officials have announced that more than 1,000 arrests were made in a number of areas. Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people were arrested.

Several people were reportedly killed in custody. Human rights activists have called for an independent inquiry into the incident.

Iran's Deputy Speaker Ali Motahari was quoted as saying by the IRNA declared 'one in Tehran and two prisoners in another province' . Iran's judicial authorities confirmed the existence of two deaths in custody, but it was said they committed suicide.

"More than 440 people previously arrested in the Tehran riots have been released," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by Mehr . Dolatabadi says most of the arrests come from low-income families, ranging in age from 18-35 years.

The United States (US) Authority has imposed economic sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, related to the practice of human rights abuses in Iran and support for the program Iranian weapons. The United States backed anti-government protests in Iran and continued to criticize President Hassan Rouhani's government.

One of the sanctions imposed was the head of Iran's judicial authority, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who is Khamenei's close ally. In a statement earlier this week, as quoted by the ISNA news agency Larijani called the imposition of sanctions against him as head of the judicial authority really outrageous. He insisted Iran would not remain silent to such treatment from the United States.

Khamenei in his statement on Jan. 2, declared Iran's enemies have used various means to deliver a blow to the country. No further mention of who the enemy is Khamenei. But it is known all this time Iran is always hostile to the US and Saudi Arabia.

(nvc / rna)

Afghan President frees 75 detainees in support of leaders accused of terrorist leaders

The Afghan president has granted pardons to 75 prisoners loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former warlord who was declared a terrorist by the United States but signed a peace deal with Kabul in 2016.

This pardon gave Hekmatyar and his followers immunity to the action -their actions in the past and gave them full political rights.

The warlord was the first rebel leader to lay down arms. Last year, the United Nations removed its name from the list of witnessed individuals.

Shah Mir Amirpoor, spokesman for Pul-e-Charkhi prison, said the prisoners were released on Thursday according to President Ashraf Ghani's decision. 19659002] A spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, his party Hekmatyar, said there are currently 2200 members of their party still held in Afghan prisons.

Kabul hopes a deal with Hekmatyarini will encourage other rebel groups to follow his tracks. [ab/uh]

Pakistan Supreme Court frees prisoner from allegations of religious humiliation

Pakistan's Supreme Court has freed a man from a charge of insulting religion after he was nine-year-old from life imprisonment.

The two-judge council court on Friday granted Mohammad Mansha's appeal for lack of evidence, Mansha was charged with false allegations

According to court documents Mansha was arrested in September 2008 after the imam of a mosque in Bahawalnagar area in Punjab province told authorities that Mansha had insulted the Quran.

The judge in Punjab declares Mansha insulting the religion and imprisoning him a lifetime in 2009. His sentence was preserved in 2014 and the Supreme Court received his appeal for review later that year.

Rights organizations say people often use harsh religious defamation laws to take revenge. [gp]