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TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - The former Tehran police chief, acquitted of wrongdoing in putting down a 1999 student protest which sparked days of unrest, launched defamation charges Saturday against university officials.

Farhad Nazari said in court that two officials from Tehran university had misled public opinion and insulted him by laying down false accusations over his role in the controversial incident, the state IRNA news agency reported.

He said he planned further charges in a revolutionary court against Mohammad-Kazem Kouhi, head of the school's dormitories, and Davud Soleimani, a former school official in charge of student issues.

"I am not looking for revenge in this courtroom," he told the hearing. "I am speaking from my heart because my honour has been questioned."

Nazari was sacked for "incompetence" but cleared of criminal charges by a military court after the incident, which led to Iran's worst unrest since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

A raid on students protesting the closure of a pro-reform newspaper in July 1999 set off six days of violence in Tehran and the provinces which left three people dead, according to official figures.

Nazari denied giving the order for the raid, saying it had come from his superiors. IRNA said the next hearing in the case would be on Saturday.

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