TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Sunday agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of tens of thousands of prisoners, including those arrested during the recent "unrest" in the country.
In his letter to the leader, the judiciary chief said that during the recent events, a number of Iranian individuals, particularly the youths, were deceived by the "enemies' propaganda and inductions" and perpetrated "incorrect acts and crimes," which caused trouble for themselves and their families and acquaintances.
Among other things, the judiciary chief also listed a number of preconditions required to be met by the inmates for being pardoned, adding those that have conducted espionage on behalf of foreign intelligence services, or in direct contact with the agents of such services, or have committed murder should not be included into the pardoned.
Iran's constitution grants the top leader the right to give clemency to eligible convicts who are recommended by the judiciary chief.
Protests erupted in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital on Sept. 16, 2022, a few days after her collapse at a police station. Iran has accused the United States and some other Western countries of "inciting riots and supporting terrorists" in the country.