Iran police makes 1600 arrests in Tehran crackdown    Sun. 18 Sep 2005


Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Sep. 18 – Close to 1,600 persons have been arrested in Tehran over the past 10 days as part of a nationwide crackdown, the state-owned hard-line daily Jomhouri Islami reported on Sunday.

“Ten days after the plan to increase national security was put into effect, 829 criminal records have been created and 1,588 people have been arrested”, the office of the Tehran Prosecutor announced.

The detainees are generally branded as “trouble-makers” or “miscreants”.

The prosecutor’s office added that 170 “trouble-makers” had been sent to prison since the launch of the 20-day crackdown in the Iranian capital.

Iranian officials have said that similar crackdowns will begin across other towns and cities after the initial 20-day phase.