25 Dec 2009

Defaced banknotes to be made invalid in Iran

10:35 am on 25 December 2009

The central bank in Iran says defaced banknotes are to be made invalid, following an opposition campaign of anti-government slogans being written on the currency.

The Jam-e Jam newspaper quotes the bank as saying people who possess defaced notes should exchange them by 8 January.

Messages which support opposition leaders and denounce the government, have appeared on banknotes since a disputed election in June.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected in the poll - mass street protests have since been held by the opposition who claim the election was rigged.

The slogans read: "Death to the dictator".