Iran says thousands of protesters pardoned

STORY: Twenty-two thousand people who took part in anti-government protests have been pardoned in Iran, according to judicial authorities.

Speaking on Monday (March 13), the country’s judiciary chief, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, said “82,000 people have been pardoned, including 22,000 people who participated in the protests.”

He did not specify over what period the pardons were granted.

It is also not known if or when the people had been charged.

State media reported in February that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had pardoned "tens of thousands" of prisoners, including some arrested in the protests.

The protests swept across the conservative country after the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the country’s morality police last September.

The demonstrations have been one of the boldest challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution.