700 Prisoners Freed After Iran World Cup Success

Iran has freed more than 700 detainees following the national team’s World Cup football victory against Wales.

Following the 2-0 victory on Friday, Iran reported that “709 inmates were released from various jails around the country.”

Among the released inmates are those arrested during the protests that have rocked Iran for more than two months.

The ongoing demonstrations were sparked by the death in detention on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest by morality police for allegedly violating Iran’s stringent clothing laws for women.

According to reports, two of the most notable persons imprisoned in connection with the protests, former international footballer Voria Ghafouri and dissident Hossein Ronaghi, were also released on bond.

According to the state news agency IRNA, former state television anchor Mahmoud Shahriari, 63, was freed on Monday after serving two months in prison for “encouraging rioting.”

According to Iran’s court, over 2,000 individuals have been prosecuted since the demonstrations began.

According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, around 14,000 individuals have been detained.