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More student unrest leaders detained in Tehran

Tehran (dpa) - More leaders of last month's student unrest in Tehran have been arrested and detained, the daily Neshat reported Sunday.

Abolfazl Passebani, a student leader from the Economic School of Teheran University, was brought to the notorious Evin prison after being heard by the Islamic Revolution Court (IRC), Neshat reported.

Two other unnamed student association members, who were also active in the unrest, were detained last month and there has been no information about their whereabouts since then, Neshat said.

Ali Tavakoli, a leading member of the country's main student organisation, was reportedly imprisoned last Monday on IRC orders. He was charged with having encouraged the students to continue the unrest.

More than 1,500 students were arrested by police and security officials during the student unrest, but according to President Mohammad Khatami most were released within 48 hours.

The protesting students are all Khatami supporters and had started the unrest for protesting a new press law which they consider as limitation of press freedom.

There were also demonstrating against the closure of the reformist daily Salaam. Rioting broke out after protesters were attacked by security forces and Islamic hardliners.

The daily Salaam has been closed down in the meantime for a period of five years and its publisher and chief editor heavily fined.


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