Tehran mob attack suspects to stand trial: Prosecutor

Tasnim – The criminals behind a recent mob attack that killed five Iranian security forces in north Tehran will be put on trial in coming days, the prosecutor general of Tehran said.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said the rioters arrested during the February 19 disturbance on Pasdaran Street in the capital will stand trial for their crimes.

The court is going to make decisions on the main suspects within the next 10 days, the prosecutor added.

Jafari Dowlatabadi also noted that he has informed the security organizations about the “main hidden” elements who may have remained unknown in a manhunt following the violent street riot.

During the clashes on Pasdaran Street on Monday, one rioter drove a bus into a group of police officers, killing three and wounding a number of others. In a separate attack, one member of the Basij was run over and killed, while another was stabbed to death.

Police spokesperson said 30 police forces were injured and many public and private properties were destroyed in the riot.

The security forces were trying to quell a disturbance involving Gonabadi Dervishes, a Sufi community in Iran.

In comments after the attack, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the security forces will harshly counter violent law-breaking to prevent a recurrence of the recent mob attack.