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Friday 18 April 2014

Iran arrests activists for web use

Activists accused of providing material to anti-government websites have been arrested in Iran

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has arrested 16 activists accused of providing material to anti-government websites.

The official Irna news agency quotes Ahmad Ghorbani, a local prosecutor in Kerman in southeast Iran, as saying the 16 are facing charges of co-operating with Western and anti-Iran news networks.

Mr Ghorbani did not say when the 16 were detained but said confessions obtained during interrogations prove the charges against the defendants.

The 16 were not identified but were accused of providing materials to websites seeking to topple Iran's Islamic ruling system.

Irna's report said some of the defendants had attended training sessions in Turkey and Malaysia.

AP

Press Association

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