Eleven Iranians were arrested for insulting the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the current one, Ali Khamenei, through instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp and others.
Colonel Ismael Mohebipour, of the Revolutionary Guard, reported the arrest after an investigation into applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, Line and Tango, quoted the Haft-e-Sobh newspaper.
Mohebipour said the detainees “acknowledged their mistake.”
Last week, the judiciary demanded the government of the moderate Hassan Rouhani to ban such programs for smartphones after the insults were detected.
Khomeini established the Islamic republic after the popular revolt that ousted pro-Western Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi in 1979.