Iran to try 5 protesters it detained

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TEHRAN,Iran (AP) — Iran’s official Irna news agency says five protesters who were detained in late December will stand trial.

Thursday’s report says the five will soon face a revolutionary court, which ordinarily deals with security charges. The report did not elaborate when the trial will begin and what charges the protesters face.

Iranian judicial officials last week said some detainees could face the death penalty.

At least eight people died in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters late last month. It was the worst bloodshed since the height of the unrest immediately after the contested June re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Authorities have detained more than 500 opposition figures and activists since then.