The Washington Post

22,000 protesters pardoned, leader says


Iran announced Monday that the country’s supreme leader has pardoned more than 22,000 people arrested in the recent anti-government protests that swept the Islamic Republic. There was no independen­t confirmati­on of the mass release.

The statement by Iran’s judiciary head, Gholamhoss­ein Mohseni Ejehi, offered for the first time a glimpse of the full scope of the government’s crackdown that followed the demonstrat­ions over the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the country’s morality police. It also suggests that Iran’s theocracy now feels secure enough to admit the scale of the unrest, which represente­d one of the most serious challenges to the establishm­ent since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Ejehi said a total of 82,656 prisoners and those facing charges had been pardoned. Of those, some 22,628 were arrested amid the demonstrat­ions, he said. Those pardoned had not committed theft or violent crimes, he added. His comments suggest that the true total of those detained in the demonstrat­ions is even greater.

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