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Iran: Trial of protestors begins
The first trial of those reportedly involved in the violence prompted by Iran's…
August 2, 2009 12:01 by Dana El Baltaji
The first trial of those reportedly involved in the violence prompted by Iran’s presidential election results has begun, reports the BBC.
The charges the defendants face include rioting, vandalism, “acting against national security”, and conspiring against the ruling system, state media reported. The defendants include high profile individuals, among them a former vice-president.
Protestors organized mass demonstrations across Iran, reportedly the largest and longest running since the Islamic Revolutions in 1979, following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election victory. Ahmadinejad won the election with 63 percent of the votes against opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 34 percent, according to the nation’s Ministry of Interior.