Iranian Officials Confirm 25 Dead in Protests

An Iranian woman raises her fist through the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran

An Iranian woman raises her fist through the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran

A person with dual nationality was among the hundreds of people arrested during recent anti-government protests in Iran, a judicial official said on Sunday.

Iran's parliament said on January 7 that low-level protesters, particularly students, were to be released in waves while protest leaders would be punished.

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Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said 440 "arrested rioters" have been released in Tehran alone.

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.

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An Iranian reformist lawmaker, Mahmud Sadeghi, said last week that about 3,700 people had been arrested across the country during the weeks of protests, which were sparked by anger about Iran's troubled economy and official corruption but escalated rapidly with some calling for the overthrow of the country's clerical rulers. Officials had previously said 21 people were killed.

The protests erupted almost three weeks ago over economic issues, but grew into widespread unrest condemning the Islamic regime as a whole, with attacks on government and police buildings.

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The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protests but deny any involvement in them.

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