Iran charges 7 rioters in connection with unrest

Iran’s judicial body will put on trial seven of the rioters, who were arrested following Sunday’s unrest in Tehran on the day of Ashura.

Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the defendants have already been indicted and their trial will begin next Sunday.

The rioters reportedly chanted slogans against top Iranian government officials, vandalized public property and set fire to trash cans. Iranian police forces used tear gas to disperse them.

Seven people were confirmed dead during the Sunday unrest, which was described as defiling the religious ceremony of Ashura. Confirming the deaths, Iran’s Deputy Police Chief Ahmad-Reza Radan said the police forces did not use violence against protesters, denying any involvement in the killings.

Dolatabadi added investigations are underway and other detainees will be charged soon. Iranian police say they have arrested 500 rioters.


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