Iran authorities Tuesday released 140 people who had been arrested in the country's post-election unrest.
Lawmaker Kazem Jalali told Iranian media that the newly freed detainees face minor charges and have been released on bail.
Tuesday, members of a special parliamentary committee that is
investigating post-election detentions visited Tehran's notorious Evin
prison. Many people detained in the post-election protests are
believed to be in this facility.
As of Monday, Iranian officials
said 300 people rounded up in the post-election protests remained
jailed. Lawmaker Jalali said the roughly 150 people who are still
being held face more serious charges than those released on bail.
media reported Monday that the nation's judiciary chief ordered
officials to decide within a week whether reformist detainees should
remain jailed or be released.
In other news,
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered the closure
of a jail where some political prisoners are believed to be held.
Tuesday said he ordered Tehran's Kahrizak detention center to be closed
because the jail does not meet the necessary conditions to preserve the
rights of detainees.
It is not clear how many detainees are in
the jail, whether they were arrested in the post-election protests, or
whether they will be released or transferred to other prisons.
activists, journalists and others were arrested as part of a crackdown
on protests that stemmed from the June 12 re-election of President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The political opposition alleges fraud, but
Iranian authorities say the vote was fair.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.