Iran's Intelligence minister: 50 people detained in connection with free market unrests
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 24 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi said that as of now, some 50 people have been arrested in connection with the free market unrests in the country, Fars reported.
The U.S. dollar cost some 24,500 rials during the last week of September, and it went sky-high to 37,000 rials on October 2 and 40,000 rials on October 3.
As a result of such jumps in rates, tensions arised in Tehran, as earlier local Iranian sources indicated police arrested some 30 people, who might have been involved in currency manipulations at Iran's free markets.
"The incidents at the free markets were orchestrated from outside of Iran," Moslehi said speaking to the journalists on the sidelines of the Cabinet of ministers' meeting.
"For the past couple of months we have been handling this issue, providing security for the system of financial operations", Moslehi said.
He added that at this point some people are being kept detained, and activity of others is being investigated, yet the total number of arrested people in about 50.