Iran police still investigating riot-related cases: Commander

Tasnim – Many of those arrested during the recent unrest in Iran on charges of involvement in riots have been released from custody but their cases are still being investigated, Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari said.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the commander said the Police released the individuals whose role in the recent riots and acts of vandalism has not been still verified.

The police decided to release those people to investigate their cases in future, he noted, saying the suspects should still go to the police station every day for further investigation.

The general also explained that none of the police units were armed with assault rifles in the recent unrest, in compliance with a directive by the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces.

The police did not lose any forces in the riots, but many of the forces have been wounded, the commander added.

In late December, peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in a number of Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent in some places when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Following the unrest, people held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

Security forces say many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists or had links with the Takfiri terrorist groups.