Iran says hundreds of protesters released from detention

Iran says hundreds of protesters released from detention

An Iranian judiciary official has denied the allegations suggesting that the law enforcement and military forces have killed protesters during the recent unrests in the country.

He gave no further details, but earlier this month another judicial official had said a European citizen was arrested during anti-government protests in Borujerd county in western Iran, without specifying their nationality.

He said that about 400 people were arrested in recent incidents 50 of whom were in Tehran and added "the public, however, was vigilant enough and the minute they realized the riots were plotted by the enemy to cause insecurity and unrest, they helped the police and distanced themselves from the rioters".

"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.

It was not clear how many Iranians are still detained elsewhere, and the largest and most violent of the demonstrations were held in the provinces.

Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. Officials had previously said 21 people were killed. But they have portrayed the violence as part of a conspiracy by the United States, Israel and other countries to try to overthrow the clerically-overseen government.