Iran says refugees from 2009 protests may return

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s intelligence minister says opposition supporters who fled the country during street protests following the disputed 2009 presidential election have no reason to fear returning to Iran.

Iranian state TV broadcast Mahmoud Alavi as saying his ministry would guarantee the safety of those who have not “committed any crimes” during the tumult, which erupted after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory was contested.

Many Iranians who attended post-election rallies in support of Ahmadinejad’s reform-minded opponents left the Islamic Republic during a bloody government crackdown on demonstrators that followed.

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