Iran confirms dual national among people arrested during protests

Iran confirms dual national among people arrested during protests

Iran confirms dual national among people arrested during protests

Iranian officials said Sunday that hundreds of people detained in recent weeks during anti-government protests have been released and acknowledged that at least 25 people were killed during the unrest.

Iran's parliament said on January 7 that low-level protesters, particularly students, were to be released in waves while protest leaders would be punished.

The official accused the unnamed detainee of having been "trained by European intelligence services ... leading the rioters".

He added that the judiciary system has issued judicial orders for the cases of 622 people who took part in the violence that began on December 28, 2017.

"As far as I was able to find out, we had a dual national arrested and this person had been taking pictures and filming", Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, according to the semi-official news agency Fars.

A reformist Iranian MP, Mahmoud Sadeghi, said last week that about 3,700 people had been arrested in connection with the protests.

The protests erupted almost three weeks ago over economic issues, but grew into widespread unrest condemning the Islamic regime as a whole, with attacks on government and police buildings.

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