Arrested foreign journalist to be released soon
Dubai television channel's journalist Reza Albash, who has been recently arrested in Tehran will be released in the coming days, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dovlatabadi was quoted as saying by the Iranian Irna news agency.
Syrian citizen Reza Albash, who works to the state news agency, was accredited in Tehran by the Dubai Television, Dubai reported earlier. He went missing on Sunday during the rallies. The agency lost contact with him in afternoon.
Dovlatabadi informed about the fate of other arrested, including French citizen Clotilde Reiss. He said that a final decision will be made following the court hearings.
Regarding the recent arrest of Baha'i followers, he said that they are accused of participating in clashes on Ashura and sending of photos taken in the riots abroad.
"These people have been arrested not because they are followers of the Baha'i," he said. "Police revealed weapons and ammunition when searching their houses. The cases on these people will be sent to the court after the investigation completes."
According to Dovlatabadi, five detainees that Iran plans to put on trial in connection with anti-government protests on Ashura day are members of the armedPeople's Mujahideen Organisationof Iran (PMOI).
Earlier, the Tehran prosecutor office reported that five demonstrators arrested in rallies on Ashura Day will stand trial soon and they will be accused of 'muharib', enemies of God whose annihilation by true believers is religiously sanctioned.
Opposition supporters and police clashed on Ashura Day Dec. 27 in Tehran.
According to international news agencies, the riots resulted in the deaths of 15 people. Police arrested 550 people. According to the official information, the clashes killed eight people, including one woman, and 300 people arrested. The relevant agencies publicized their names.