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Main Prosecutor in Trials of Iranian Opposition Figures Fired

Khamenei said any official affiliated with security organizations who had committed crimes during the election turmoil would be dealt with.

Ahmadinejad, however, defended the security forces and said he had proof that they were not responsible for a raid on a student dormitory after the election. According to students, five people died in the attack, an allegation that authorities deny.

"These acts were part of the enemy's plot and were carried out by coup elements," Ahmadinejad said. He was referring to supporters of Mousavi and Karroubi, who he says were planning to stage a takeover through the mass protests that followed the vote.

The president was backed by the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. "Our forces were carrying out their duties in an organized manner . . . along with the police force," Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said on state TV.

Jafari said 20 members of his paramilitary Basij force were "assassinated" during election unrest.

The opposition said 69 people died; authorities put the number at 30. It is not clear whether either figure includes security forces.

Special correspondent Kay Armin Serjoie contributed to this report.


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