Iran Prosecutors Urge No Leniency for Detained Opposition Protesters

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Iran's top prosecutor has ordered his representative in Tehran not to show any leniency toward detained opposition protesters.

General prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi has instructed Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi in a statement posted on a judiciary Web site that he takes "strong action" against individuals blamed for "the recent sedition." That was a reference to protests last month in which at least eight protesters were killed.

The statement follows a call made last week by hard-liners for the execution of opposition leaders.

The opposition claims that hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected through massive vote fraud and that its leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was the true winner of the June election.