Tehran, Iran, Sep. 03 – The Islamic
Revolutionary Prosecutor in the western province of West Azerbaijan said 48 Kurds have been indicted
for taking part in recent anti-government demonstrations and clashes,
state-run dailies reported on Saturday.
The prosecutor, Muslim cleric Hojjatoleslam Akbar Feiz, said that of 50
Kurdish demonstrators that have been arrested in the province during the
clashes 48 had been indicted.
Feiz said that in all 190 Kurds had been arrested
for taking part in the violence in West Azerbaijan, but opposition groups claim that
the figure is considerably higher.
has a sizeable Kurdish population and, together with neighbouring
Kurdistan Province, has been the site of daily protests and
unrest against the ruling theocracy.
Feiz also said that 120 agents of the State
Security Forces have been killed in clashes in the province since March 2005,
and 62 others have been injured.
The prosecutor said all judges in the province had been armed with handguns
“to defend themselves”.
The head of the Tehran Criminal Court on Sunday announced that all judges in
the country would be allowed to carry arms and shoot at will anyone whom they
feel threatened by.
Unrest in Kurdish towns erupted in July, after paramilitary policemen shot
and tortured to death a young Kurd.