Cop Killer in Tehran Mob Attack Stands Trial
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A rioter that drove a bus into a group of police officers during a February mob attack in north Tehran appeared in court on Sunday charged with killing three security forces.
Mohammad Salas, driver of the bus that killed three police forces and wounded a number of others during the February 19 disturbance on Tehran’s Pasdaran Street, was brought before the court on Sunday morning.
Parts of the court session were broadcast live from the state TV, during which a prosecutor was enumerating charges against the defendant.
Prosecutor general of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, announced on February 24 that the Judiciary would make decisions on the main suspects within 10 days, saying he had informed security organizations about the “main hidden” elements who may have remained unknown in a manhunt following the violent street riot.
During the clashes on Pasdaran Street, Salas drove a bus into a group of police officers, killing three and wounding a number of others. In a separate attack, one member of the Basij forces was run over and killed, while another was stabbed to death.
Police spokesperson said 30 police forces were injured and many public and private properties were destroyed in the riot.
The security forces were trying to quell a disturbance involving Gonabadi Dervishes, a Sufi community in Iran.
In comments after the attack, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said security forces will harshly counter violent law-breaking to prevent a recurrence of the recent mob attack.