Trial to prosecute Iran 'rioters' begins

The news agency did not specify how many of those accused of rioting during the violence unleashed after Ahmadinejad’s controversial election victory in June were on trial on Saturday.

But Iranian news networks said earlier that about 30 people accused of rioting would be put on trial from Saturday.

Iranian news agencies say the accused face charges of having “participated in riots, acting against national security, disturbing public order, vandalising public and government property and having ties with counter-revolutionary groups.”

The post-election violence, mainly in Tehran, had left around 30 people dead and hundreds wounded, Iranian officials said.

The news agency said according to Tehran prosecuters, those on trial included people whose photographs had been taken while “committing the crimes”.

“Some of their accomplices are on the run but they will be surely identified by our dear people and handed over to the law,” the report said.

Following the June 12 vote, which opposition leaders say was rigged, security forces arrested up to 2,000 protesters, political activists, reformists and journalists as hundreds of thousands rallied to challenge the results declaring Ahmadinejad as the winner.

Most detainees have been released but about 250 remain behind bars and their continued imprisonment has become a rallying point for the anti-Ahmadinejad movement.

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