Overall, more than 82,000 people were granted amnesty in an announcement marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has pardoned 22,628 people arrested during demonstrations that followed the death in police custody of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini last year. Judiciary head Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei made the announcement in a statement on Monday reported by Iranian state media.
Ejei clarified that those receiving pardons were not accused of theft or violent crime, spying, or membership of certain groups.
Overall, Khamenei pardoned a total of 82,656 Iranian prisoners and individuals facing charges in the mass amnesty, which marks the 44th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The announcement also comes a week before the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz and the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The mass amnesty was first announced last month, when the Ayatollah agreed to pardon “tens of thousands” of prisoners. Among these could be any participants in the recent unrest who were not accused of espionage or involvement with foreign intelligence agents, did not damage state property, and did not injure or kill anyone during the riots.