TDN World Desk: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei ha directed the govt. that people died in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting should be treated as “martyrs” and their families compensated.He also directed to implement the order as soon as possible.

Iran yet to declare official figures for the number of people killed or arrested when security forces moved in to allay the unrest that saw buildings torched and shops looted.

London-based human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that at least 208 people had died in the agiatation.

But Iran has dismissed the high death tolls claimed by foreign sources as “utter lies”.

Iran’s Supreme religious leader Khamenei agreed to the recommendation that “normal citizens with no role in the recent protests and riots who died in the clashes” be treated as “martyrs” and their families should be compensated.

Khamenei said that families whose loved ones “lost their lives in any way during the demonstrations” would be “paid their blood money as restitution”.

Blood money is legal term used in Islamic lexicon for financial compensation payable by law to the families of murder victims.

Even the families of those “killed while armed and in clashes with security forces” would not be held accountable for their loved ones’ actions but would be shown “Islamic clemency” and “compensated proportionally”, Khamenei’s statement said.

Iran has alleged its arch-enemies – United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – to backing the protesters.

Tehran also accused exiled royalists from the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK),