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Iran releases over 700 detainees after national team's victory over Wales

People celebrate the winning after the FIFA World Cup 2022 game between Wales and Iran, on November 25, 2022 in Tehran, Iran [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]
People celebrate the winning after the FIFA World Cup 2022 game between Wales and Iran, on November 25, 2022 in Tehran, Iran [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Iran has released more than 700 detainees after its national team's World Cup victory over Wales last Friday, according to a judicial source.

"Based on a special decision by the Head of the Judiciary, 709 prisoners were released from various prisons in the country, after the national team's victory over the Welsh team," said the Judiciary's Mizan Online website, on Monday.

The site added that some of the freed persons had been arrested during the "recent events", in an indirect reference to the protests that have rocked Iran since mid-September, over the death of the Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, 22.

On Friday, Iran won over Wales 2-0. Iran will face the United States on Tuesday.

Iran lost its first World Cup match to England, 6-2.

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