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More than 700 detainees freed in Iran after World Cup victory

The demagoguery of the Iranian regime’s latest decision is chilling. More than 700 prisoners have indeed found freedom in Iran after the victory of the national team, Friday against Wales (2-0), during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This was announced on Monday by the agency of the Judicial Authority Mizan Online. Team Melli will try to snatch its qualification for the round of 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday (8 p.m.) against the United States, in a match heavy in symbolism.

“Following a special order from the head of the Judiciary after the victory of the national football team against Wales, 709 detainees have been released from different prisons in the country”, specifies the agency of the Judiciary Mizan Online.

Justice claims to have charged more than 2,000 people

Among them are “some people arrested during the recent events”, she added without giving further details. By “events,” the agency is referring to protests sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after she was arrested by vice police for allegedly breaking the dress code. strict of the Islamic Republic.

Tehran, which sees most of these demonstrations as “riots”, notably accuses foreign forces of being behind this movement to seek to destabilize the Islamic Republic. Authorities have reported thousands of people arrested in connection with the protests, with the judiciary claiming to have charged more than 2,000. Human rights organizations abroad report a much higher number of arrests.

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