Iran parliament to oversee detainees

TEHRAN: Iran's conservative-dominated parliament has set up a panel to look into the cases of hundreds of protesters detained in a wave of unrest over last month's disputed presidential election.

"The first meeting of the committee was held yesterday (Sunday) afternoon," lawmaker Hossein Sobhani-nia was quoted as saying by the ILNA news agency on Monday.

According to official reports, between 1,000 and 2,000 people were arrested during the protests which erupted after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 vote, branded a fraud by the opposition.

In the ensuing violence, at least 20 people were killed and scores wounded, according to the official media.

Iranian reformist newspapers have reported this week the deaths of at least two protestors in custody.

The committee was set up on the orders of parliament speaker Ali Larijani, a long-time political rival to Ahmadinejad.