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Iranian prosecutor says morality police have been shut down

Iran’s interior ministry’s state security council said on Saturday that the death toll was 200, according to the judiciary’s Mizan news agency.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.Credit:AP

Residents post on social media and newspapers such as Shargh daily say there have been fewer sightings of vice squads on the streets in recent weeks as authorities apparently try to avoid sparking more protests.

On Saturday, Montazeri was quoted by Iran’s semi-official Labor News Agency as saying the vice squad had been disbanded.

“The same authority that created this police force closed it down,” he said. He said the morality police were not under the authority of the judiciary, which “continues to monitor community-level behavioral actions.”

Al Alam state television said foreign media portrayed his remarks as “a retreat on the part of the Islamic Republic from its stance on hijab and religious morality as a result of the protests”, but that the only thing that could be gleaned from his remarks, was that the vice squad was not directly related to the judiciary.

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According to state media, four men convicted of collaborating with the Israeli spy agency Mossad were executed on Sunday.

They had been arrested in June – before the current unrest swept the country – after cooperation between the intelligence ministry and the Revolutionary Guards, the Tasnim news agency reported.

The Prime Minister’s office in Israel, which oversees Mossad, declined to comment.

The Islamic Republic has long accused archenemy Israel of conducting covert operations on its territory. Tehran recently accused Israel of plotting a civil war in Iran, a charge it has also brought against the United States and other Western countries.

A Bare-Headed Girl Stands On Top Of A Car During Protests In Iran.

A bare-headed girl stands on top of a car during protests in Iran.

“Western countries are using the protests to interfere in Iran’s internal affairs,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said at a news conference on Sunday.

Iranian state media reported on Wednesday that the country’s Supreme Court had upheld the four men’s death sentences “for the crime of collaborating with the intelligence services of the Zionist regime and for kidnapping.”

Three other people received prison terms of between five and 10 years after being convicted of crimes including acting against national security, aiding kidnapping and possessing illegal weapons, the Mehr news agency said.

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