Saturday, November 12, 2011

forgive Tehran prisoners in an effort to lighten the atmosphere of political tension before parliamentary elections in March

Iran has pardoned 100 political prisoners in an attempt to appease the opposition in the country and reduce tensions seven months before the parliamentary elections.

Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered the release from prison of a number of prisoners who recommended the head of the judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Iranian media reported that nearly 70 of the hundred political prisoners were released in recent days, and others had their sentences reduced or suspended. Are believed to have been arrested following the disputed presidential elections in Iran in 2009, the state news agency described them as "prisoners convicted of security offenses." Some agencies also said prisoners were pardoned.

The semi-official Mehr news agency, said: "On the basis of an agreement of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 100 prisoners accused of security offenses were amnestied Some of them were involved in the post-election sedition., two years ago. "Iran described the post-election riots as" sedition "orchestrated by foreign powers.

Some analysts say that Iran gives ground to the opposition to avoid a repeat of riots that shook the Middle East. In the reformist newspapers, as criticism of Tehran's support for Syria Bashar al-Assad appears to be unprecedented for the Iranian regime sanctioned media.

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