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140 prisoners from Iran election crackdown

A parliament official says 140 people detained in Iran's postelection turmoil have been released from Tehran's main prison Evin.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 01:27 IST

A parliament official says 140 people detained in Iran's postelection turmoil have been released from Tehran's main prison Evin.

Kazem Jalali says the prisoners were released after a parliament committee investigating detainees' condition visited Evin on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Jalali, a spokesman for the committee, says 150 prisoners remain at Evin. The release is the latest sign of authorities bending to criticism of abuse against the hundreds of people arrested in the crackdown on mass opposition protests that erupted after Iran's disputed June 12 presidential election.

On Monday, Iran's supreme leader ordered the closure of a prison where rights workers say some protesters were killed.