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Iran to prosecute 'heads of sedition'
Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:22PM
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Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi
Iran's judiciary has warned the instigators of the 2009 post-election unrest in the country of a serious response, should they persist in carrying on with their seditious acts.


“If they continue with their actions and refuse to return from their wrong path they have taken, the judiciary will seriously deal with them,” Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said on Friday.

He condemned those masterminding the rioting and violent street protests following the presidential election in 2009 and described it as a move against Iran's security.

Jafari-Dolatabadi also highlighted the severe punishment considered in the Islamic penal code for those who attempt to undermine stability and security.

“They should not think that they can hide in the cover of electoral issues. The charges against the 'heads of sedition' are too many,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

Jafari-Dolatabadi further linked the rioters and their directors to anti-government elements outside Iran who meant to overthrow the Islamic establishment in the country.

The senior prosecutor also noted that the sedition movement was efficiently dealt with. “Some of the seditionists have been put on trial and many are in jail,” he said.

His comments came one day after the anniversary of the turnout of millions of demonstrators across Iran on December 30, 2009, when people condemned anti-government protests, rioting and claims of vote fraud -- allegations ruled out by the country's legislative and election officials.

Jafari-Dolatabadi further dismissed allegations about human rights violations in Iran as part of efforts spearhead by the United States to tarnish Tehran's international image and described the US as the largest violator of human rights.

“Those, who occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, and commit crimes on a daily basis under the pretext of cracking down on the Taliban, now claim to be advocates of human rights.”

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