IRGC arrests 100 ringleaders of recent riots across Iran, according to Judiciary spokesman.
IRGC arrests 100 ringleaders
He said Iran’s elite defense forces have arrested around 100 of the ringleaders of the riots.
Notably, those rioters took advantage of protests across the country against fuel price hikes.
Gholam-Hossein Esmaili further said that arrested included senior and junior ringleaders as well as the principal elements behind the recent disturbances.
Judiciary visit Evin Detention Facility
He said while remarking on the sidelines of a visit to the Tehran’s Evin Detention Facility alongside the capital’s Prosecutor-General Ali Alqasi-Mehr.
During that visit they inspected the situation of the detainees and spoke to some of them.
The spokesman hailed that the unrest had ended and “calm restored to the country under Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s directions, and as a result of the separation of the ranks of the people and the rioters, and the effort expended by the security and law enforcement forces.”
The Iranian government raised gasoline prices last week in order to moderate the national consumption rate, which stands at 110 million liters per day, 40 million liters per day above the maximum domestic requirement.
The move prompted some peaceful protests, but riotous elements, abusing the situation, quickly entered the scene, destroying public property, setting ablaze banks and gas stations among other facilities, and opening fire on people and security forces.
There have been reports of fatalities among both security forces and civilians in different locations, with an official tally not available yet.
On Wednesday, Iranians buried a serviceman and a civilian killed at the hands of the rioters.
According to Fars News Agency, the violence saw rioters setting fire to as many as 80 department stores across the country, incurring a damage of 170 billion tomans (more than $40 million).
The damage has wrecked between 50 to 100 percent of the facilities’ structures, with the anarchists either looting the stores before setting them ablaze or setting fire to entire facilities and their supplies.
Esmaili said the country’s judicial apparatus had launched its work of detecting the roots of the issue and addressing the cases of every arrestee and riotous element.
Chief Justice appoints Committee
Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi has appointed a special committee to pursue the whole matter, tasking its members to personally visit the appointed detention centers.
Furthermore, the official disclosed that visit fell under that mission.
Tehran’s Public and Islamic Revolution Courthouses have been appointed to conduct the legal proceedings arising from the cases, Esmaili noted.
According to the spokesman, a considerably higher number of people have been similarly identified by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry in connection with the riots.
Some of these have been arrested or are about to be placed in detention, he announced.
He noted that all the suspects, who come under arrest as part of the country’s efforts to address the riots, would go through a screening process.
However, they will also identify potentially blameless arrestees or those with little involvement in the disturbances.
All the detainees, the official said, are, meanwhile, provided with the full range of their legal entitlements as the Judiciary chief has advised.
According to the spokesperson, the arrestees include those serving foreign interests, organized elements, and hooligans with multiple criminal records. They had amassed firearms, cutlasses, and incendiary materials to foment unrest.
Proxies in Iran
Concerning their allegiances, Esmaili said, among those elements some tied to the anti-Iran and United States-backed terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). Some tied to royalists, separatists nabbed in the country’s border provinces. Many members of organized groups trained towards staging acts of sabotage.
‘Iran prides itself on its security’
“The security, which we have provided our people with, is what we consider to be a source of honor for us among the countries of the region. We are prepared to sacrifice our lives for them,” Esmaili asserted, while advising that people with information and evidence concerning the riots come forward to help the process.
Tehran’s prosecutor general also noted that during the riots, the Iranian intelligence and security apparatuses had managed to timely and inclusively identify all disruptive movements from the very beginning.